Nwankwo Kanu Inspires Young Footballers in Zimbabwe

Former Nigeria and Arsenal forward, Nwanko Kanu (center) sandwiched by Xolisani Gwesela [ZIFA Communications Manager] (left) and Wilson Mutekede [ZIFA Technical Director] (right)

Harare – Local football continues to enjoy flirtation with some of the world’s finest footballers and expertise that comes with it after another legend of the game, Nwankwo Kanu of Nigeria, arrived in the country at the weekend accompanying the iconic Emirates FA Cup.

The lanky Arsenal and Nigerian soccer legend flew in on Saturday evening from Lusaka, Zambia, with the prestigious Cup which is making its second tour of Africa. Kanu also had a chance to conduct a coaching clinic for Churchill and Prince Edward players at the latter school’s grounds. The two-time former African Player of the Year (1996 and 1999) also had a chance to impart some vital advice to the budding young footballers.

“I talked to them before the training (session) and I tried to advise them on their education, they have to take it seriously but they have to work hard, they have to be disciplined, they have to leave the bad life and live a good life. When you live a good life, then you would be happy with your career,” said Kanu.

The 41- year-old, a fine African footballer during his playing time when he won three FA Cup medals with the Gunners, was part of Arsene Wenger’s “Invincibles” squad of the 2003/2004 season that went on for the entire campaign without losing a league match. Kanu made 10 appearances for Arsenal that season, albeit seven of them coming in as a substitute, scoring one goal in the team which Frenchman Thiery Henry was the star of the show.