Super Eagles legend Kanu Nwankwo is one of the most respected African football stars considering the trophies he has won and also the clubs he has played for before he hanged his boots.
In the year 1996, the ex Nigeria international had serious heart problem in which he had no other option than for him to go for surgery. After the operation, doctors told him then that he would never play football again.
But the former African best footballer of the year refused to let the advice of the doctors weigh him down as he went on to play for Arsenal, West Brom, and Portsmouth before retiring from football.
The problem he encountered in the year 1996 made him to set up 'Kanu Heart Foundation' in 2000 and since then, 542 children across African have undergone successful operations.
Unlike some of his ex teammates who have turned to coaches, Kanu Nwankwo is not looking into a managerial career, as he is happy saving lives through his Foundation.
“For me, one life being saved means more than winning trophies.
"Trophies are good, you work hard for them, but you have them, hold them and then they are gone. But life, when it stops, that is the end.” Kanu who recently turned 42 told SunSport in an interview.
Kanu was a member of the Nigerian national team from 1994 to 2010 making his debut in friendly against Sweden and ended his international career following Nigeria's exit at the 2010 World Cup.
He won 86 caps and scored 13 goals for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the ex Arsenal star also stated clearly that the Gunners will need a miracle to win the Premier League title when the 2018/19 season starts.
"If it happens and they win the league, it's a miracle.
"It takes time for the newcomers, the new signings, to adapt. We have to allow time for him to bring his own style and the way he wants to play." he said according to BBC.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how former Super Eagles’ captain Nwankwo Kanu denied media reports claiming he is planning to run for Nigeria's presidency in 2019.
The 42-year-old, while reacting said the news was a mere ‘April Fool’s prank. Kanu insisted that his concern is to develop and discover array of talents through his wide range of contacts all over the world, adding that he wants to continue to save lives via his foundation.
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