I Walked 7km To Play Football Without Boots – Kanu

Kanu Nwankwo was part of the Arsenal ‘Invincibles.”


Nigerian soccer legend, Kanu Nwankwo has called on youths not to give up on their dreams, recalling that he started playing football without boots. 

The former Super Eagles captain spoke on Wednesday during a submit on #EndSARS organised by the Ebonyi State Government.

“When Papilo started, I did not depend on the government. I did not have boots to play football,” the former Arsenal forward said during the event held in Abakaliki.

“I walk from my house, five kilometres to go to school. Come back from school, help mom, my parents, head out again –  another seven kilometres – to play football without boots.”

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He told the gathering that despite these challenges, he did not give up on his dreams, noting that he trusted in God to see him through. 

“At the end of the day, I did not give up,” Kanu who won the 1996 Olympic gold medal in football as well as the Champions League with Ajax, added. “I had belief and I trusted in God that I would make it.”

–‘Remove Your Minds’ —

The Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi who also spoke during the ceremony cautioned youths of the state against indulging in politics, telling them to be successful first.

“Remove your minds from politics and succeed first. Those who are manipulating politics are the wealthy men and women,” the governor said.

“That man that made every one of us be a councillor, go and find out his situation. Has he made any progress? The answer is no.

“I hear government should provide jobs. Let us even say jobs are provided, N30, 000 minimum wages. In one year, it is N360, 000. What are you doing with that?”

The governor said he is under pressure by the people in his village, noting that his predecessors had employed people from their villages while being at the helms of affairs in the state.


Kanu Loses ‘Daughter’ Before Christmas

Kanu Nwankwo


Former Super Eagles playmaker, Kanu Nwankwo on Tuesday said he has lost one of the beneficiaries of his heart foundation.

“Why why why one of Kanu heart foundation gone,” Kanu posted on Twitter. “My daughter gone gone gone I can’t believe this R I P Eniton God knows all.”

The ex-Arsenal player started the Kanu Heart Foundation in 2000 after he survived a heart condition.

According to the Foundation, it has “successfully helped 538 children” get open-heart surgeries in hospitals across the world and spent about $4.2 million.

However, it is yet unclear whether Kanu’s ‘Eniton’ died of heart-related causes.

How Kanu Stole The Show After Super Eagles Beat Bafana Bafana


Former captain of the Super Eagles, Nwankwo Kanu could not hold back from making a show of his joy over the victory of Nigeria in the quarterfinal game against South Africa. 

Just immediately after the referee blew the whistle, the former Arsenal and Inter Milan forward came down from the stands to show his support for the Super Eagles who defeated the Bafana Bafana by two goals to one.

In a short clip which Kanu shared on his official @papilokanu twitter page, the former Ajax striker could be seen cheering supporters at the Cairo International Stadium, with the fans chanting ‘Papilo! Papilo!!’.

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Below is the now viral video in which Kanu stole the show from the Super Eagles game on Wednesday.

Other Nigerian fans in Cairo were not left out of the show as some took to the streets singing and dancing in jubilation. On leaving the stadium, the Super Eagles were given a warm goodbye for their heroic performance, below is what it looked like.

Kanu’s Wife Shares Throwback Photo On 13th Wedding Anniversary

The wife of former Nigerian international Nwankwo Kanu, Amara has marked her 13 years of marriage to the iconic retired striker with a throwback photo and a heartfelt message.

The fitness enthusiast got married to the ex-footballer in 2004 with whom she now has three children.

Thirteen years later, the love seems to have waxed stronger as she expressed her excitement in a post on social media.

Mrs Kanu also seized the opportunity to announce the official launch of her book titled ‘Healthy Living’, slated for July 14, 2017.

LASEPA Seals Hotels, Religious Houses

LASEPAThe Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, appears set to tackle the challenge of pollution head on.

A hotel said to be owned by one of Nigeria’s ex-footballers has been sealed up, as the hotel authorities are accused of emitting carbon monoxide through its power generating set and causing air pollution.

Some churches, mosques, and clubhouses in different parts of the state have also been sealed on account of noise pollution.

Facilities in areas like Ketu, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, Victoria Island and Surulere were affected by the exercise.

There were reports that the owners had been contacted by LASEPA but they refused to address the issues raised by the agency.

Jonathan Promises Special Funds For Sports If Re-elected

Jonathan sportsThe President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has promised that the fire brigade approach to sporting events by Nigerian sportsmen and women will be a thing of the past if re-elected for a second term as special funds will be set aside to cater for the sector.

President Jonathan, while addressing the sportsmen and women after a jogging exercise on Saturday, at the Eagle Square in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), promised them that a special fund would be set aside for preparations to sport events to create room for winning of more laurels.

The jogging exercise which was organised to emphasize the need for fitness also had in participation, the Vice President of Nigeria, Namadi Sambo, Senate President of Nigeria, David Mark, Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, Director General of the Sports Commission, Gbenga Elegbeleye.

The exercise was also joined by a group of sportsmen and women in Nigeria including former Super Eagles captains Kanu Nwankwo and Joseph Yobo, other athletes and footballers including members of the Super Falcons.

The whole team joined the President to jog round the Eagle Square, acknowledging cheers from the supporters who gathered to witness the event.

The President also said a special fund would be set aside to cater for Nigerian sportsmen and women who want to further their education, extending the privilege to those who may sustain injuries while representing the country in any sporting event.

While describing sports especially football as a unifying factor in the country, he promised that any sportsman or woman who made the country proud will never be a beggar.

According to the President, such funds must be set aside while the private sector would be allowed to manage it for sports development in Nigeria.

Danagogo said the harvest of medals in Nigeria must be allowed to continue, David Mark put his own to question and Sambo said the return of the President can only be possible with the PVC in their hands.

President Jonathan To Lead Physical Training Exercise In Abuja

Jonathan President Goodluck Jonathan will on Saturday lead government officials as well as sports men and women to an out-door physical training exercise in Abuja, which is aimed at promoting sports and fitness in Nigeria.

The programme, which includes jogging, physical stretches and light aerobics will start at 7.00am with a long walk from the Presidential Villa by the President in the company of government officials, presidential aides, political associates, sports personalities and enthusiasts.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Dr. Reuben Abati, the training will culminate in a solidarity rally for President Jonathan at the Eagle Square, organized by the Nigerian sports community.

Sports personalities expected to participate in the physical training exercise and solidarity rally include Mary Onyali, Austin Eguavoen, Kanu Nwankwo, Joseph Yobo and Chika Chukwumerije, amongst others.

Kanu Rallies Support For Super Eagles Coach; Keshi

Kanu Nwankwo has called for support for Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi from Nigerians for him to excel.

Touted as one of Nigeria’s football legends, Kanu made this comments after the Super Eagles encounter with the Harambee Stars of Kenya last weekend, a game that ended in a 1-1 draw.

He said the Eagles did well against Kenya as the boys did well enough to get a draw out of a game that was almost lost and also the pressure was on the Super Eagles and not Kenya.

The Super Eagles were able to get a draw in their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers clash against Kenya, a clash its return leg will holding in Nairobi by June.

A former Portsmouth and Arsenal star, who during his days was known for his deft moves and mouth opening goals, said even as it stands the Super Eagles will qualify for the Brazil 2014 World Cup because if they can get a draw with this performance and after so much improvement they get a good game plan to add to it before the return leg then the eagles will be unstoppable

Kanu said the Kenyans came with a mind-set of playing a defensive game and this was difficult for the players to break apart.

He said Stephen Keshi needs the support of Nigerians in terms decision making with regards to players either for call-ups or substitution.

NPL Interim Management Inaugurated, Baribote Heads To Court

The controversy plaguing the board of the Nigerian Premier League has been laid to rest, at least for now as a new 13-man interim management of the league was inaugurated yesterday.

The management will be responsible for the running of the affairs of the NPL, pending the election of a new board.

Corruption charges were brought against the head of the previous board; Rumson Victor Baribote as he was accused of misappropriation of funds and a lack of transparency and accountability which was held to blame for the failure of the NPL to attract sponsorship.

How the legal practitioner has decided to take his case to the Federal High Court despite his removal.

The committee will be headed by former member of the House of Representatives, Nduka Irabor and includes Nwankwo Kanu; NPL Secretary-General, Tunji Babalola; Mike Enahoro; Shehu Dikko; Modele Sarafa-Yusuf; Abubakar Nuhu Dan Buran; Kunle Elebute; Mike Idoko; former Secretary-General of the NPL Salisu Abubakar; chairman of Kaduna United FC Sabo Babayaro; chairman of Lagos State Football Association Seyi Akinwunmi and Ifeanyi Dike.

The new committee has been charged with organising the 2012/2013 season, which does not yet have an agreed start date, with reviewing all NPL contracts, with dealing with TV and sponsorship rights, developing strategy, reforming the League to achieve profitability and reviewing procedures for elections to the NPL board. It will also develop new standards for players contracts.

Portsmouth to punish Kanu for his absence in club

Portsmouth is considering punishing former Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu for his continued absence from club activities while he stays in Nigeria.

The veteran striker missed training for a second day on Tuesday as his teammates took part in a double session at Fratton Park.

The reason for Kanu’s action is yet unclear to the club which he led to an FA Cup victory in 2008.

Administrator Trevor Birch said, “Kanu is back in Nigeria, that is the understanding from his legal adviser, who I have been speaking to. I don’t actually know why he hasn’t come back. You will have to phone him and ask him.

“What I do know, though, is we have not reached a compromise and he was due back on Monday along with the rest of the contracted players. Then he just didn’t turn up.

“Kanu must turn up for training, or this is a breach of contract.

“Whether it is sufficient enough to terminate his contract I don’t know at this stage, we will have to wait and see.

“He will have to be disciplined, though. What we intend to do is an internal matter. I cannot talk about that.

“However, if it is a continued absence we will have to bring in the PFA.”


Nigerian stars at the Olympic torch convoy in London

Banky W, Kanu Nwankwo, Funke Akindele, Steve Onu (Yaw) and Sasha were yesterday involved in the Olympic Torch convey.

Below are some of the pictures.

Funke Akindele Oloyede
Banky and Kanu
Funke and Sasha
Steve Onu (Yaw)
Banky W