Former Super Eagles and Arsenal forward, Nwankwo Kanu is 41 years old today, and to celebrate, has lined up a basketball clinic at his Novelty Sports Centre in Owerri, Imo state.
The two-time African footballer of the year says that his 41st birthday offers him not just the opportunity to celebrate his life, but to also give back to the society.
“My birthday again comes up on August 1 and I’m as usual, going to celebrate with motherless homes,” said the legendary Nigerian forward.
“But this year is going to be bigger because we starting the South-East basketball clinic.
“I’m bringing in a coach from the US for the clinic to share experiences with players and coaches; and there would be opportunity to give out scholarship to deserving athletes,” he added.
Kanu, fondly called ‘Papilo’, is one of Nigeria and Africa’s most decorated players, having won so many titles during his playing days for some of the top clubs like Ajax, where he won the Champions league, UEFA Super Cup in 1995, Arsenal, where he won the Premier League two times, and the FA Cup two times.
Papilo, who also won the Nigerian Premier League in 1993 with Iwuanyanwu Nationale, played 86 times for the Super Eagles and was part of the Dream Team that conquered the world to win gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Happy birthday, Papilo.