Kanu's hotel: NFF charges police to track down burglars

By SnrMgr at 2019-01-17 • 0 collector • 238 pageviews

The Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday expressed concern over the burgling of the property of former Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu, with valuables such as medals, plaques and trophies carted away in the heart-breaking infraction.

Reports in the media on Tuesday said valuables were stolen from Kanu's Hardley Apartments in Victoria Island, Lagos, less than a week after the Nigerian legend attended the African Football awards ceremony in Dakar, Senegal.

"Our superstar and former captain is in intense pain at this period, and we empathise with him. This is a tragedy. Losing precious possessions like medals, trophies and plaques can be heart-breaking.

"We respectfully call on the Nigeria Police and other security agencies to work hard at unravelling the perpetrators of this nefarious act. Kanu worked very hard from a humble beginning to accumulate whatever he has today," NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, said in Lagos.

Pinnick insisted that the thieves should at least have considered the charitable works of the former Nigeria captain in helping young Nigerians with heart defects to overcome their medical conditions, before carrying out their dastardly act.

"Kanu brought joy and celebration to many homes across Nigeria, Africa and the world, while playing for the Nigeria's team that won the U-17 World Cup in 1993, the U-23 team that he captained to Olympic gold in Atlanta in 1996 and the Super Eagles, for which he featured at three World Cup finals.

"He also served several top clubs in world football, giving them and their fans nothing but immeasurable joy. He has also been spending heavily, through his Kanu Heart Foundation, in getting medical attention for young Africans with heart defects and helping them live normal lives.

"He does not deserve this cruel fate. Our confidence in the Nigeria Police and indeed, other security agencies to hunt down these criminals is unshaken. We stand with Kanu at this low moment and we believe he will overcome and put the sad incident behind him soonest."

Kanu narrowly missed the Eagles' squad for the 1994 World Cup but then featured at the 1998, 2002 and 2010 editions for Nigeria. He also played for Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations between 2000 and 2010, winning one silver and four bronze medals.

He captained Nigeria's U-23 team to win Africa's first-ever Olympic football gold in 1996, after which he survived heart surgery. He played for Inter Milan, Arsenal, Portsmouth and West Bromwich Albion, winning trophies with the teams.

In 1995, alongside compatriot Finidi George, Kanu won the European Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam.

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