The highlight of this past weekend was the Kanu Nwankwo Testimonial match in Lagos State.
Over 12,000 fans of the football legend showed up at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere to pay tribute.
Amongst dignitaries who graced the event were His Excellency, Gov.Rochas Okorocha and the Rt.Hon Ben Uwajumogu, Speaker Imo State House of Assembly . Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola was also there to lend his support as he captained the Super Eagles All stars squad.
After 19 years, it was time to say a final goodbye to the Soccer pitch. Kanu as fondly called, fought really hard to control tears as he read his vote of thanks .
“There’s a time to start and a time to finish, it has been a fulfilling ride from day one.
“I thank all the players who cut short their holidays from different places and the Nigerian fans for their endless love and support throughout my career.”
Nwankwo Kanu’s story is that of a soccer legend from a humble beginning.
The former Super Eagles’ skipper is undoubtedly Africa’s most decorated football player, with a large collection of accolades from Premier Leagues across Europe and FIFA competitions.
Born on 1 August 1976 in Owerri, the Abia State indigene played professional football for Nigerian national teams for 16 years from 1994 to 2010
We remember Kanu Nwankwo’s battle with his Heart disease. His struggle. His pains. His Victory. What a dignifying way to mark the end of a successful career.
Other Soccer Stars who showed up to pay tribute include the Legendary Goal keeper Peterside Idah, Soccer Maestro Tijani Babangida, Sameuel Eto, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Stephen Appiah, John Utaka, Finidi George, Mutiu Adepoju,Yakubu Ayegbeni, Daniel Amokachi, Uche Okechukwu and younger brother Ogbonnaya Kanu to name a few.