Kanu Nwankwo Biography
Kanu Nwankwo is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a forward. He was a member of the Nigerian national team. Kanu is a native of Abia State. And a member of the Aro sub-group of the Igbo ethnic group.
Nwankwo means “Child born on Nkwo market day” in the Igbo language. Kanu played for Nigerian team Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Dutch side Ajax, Inter Milan of Italy, and English clubs Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth.
Kanu won a UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup Winners Medals and two African Player of the Year awards amongst others. He is one of few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup, and an Olympic Gold Medal.
He made the third-most substitute appearances in Premier League history, appearing from the bench 118 times, and is regarded as one of the best players in African football history.
Kanu Nwankwo Age
Nwankwo was born on 1st August 1976 in Owerri, Nigeria. He is 43 years old as of 2019.
Kanu Nwankwo Family
Nwankwo Kanu’s brothers are Christopher Kanu, Anderson “Anders” Gabolalmo Kanu, and Henry Nwosu. Their mother is Susan Kanu Iheme. His wife is Amarachi Kanu and they are blessed with two sons, Sean Chukwudi Kanu and Iyang Onyekachi Kanu and a daughter Pinky Amarachi Kanu.
Kanu Nwankwo Career
Kanu Nwankwo began his career at Nigerian league club Federation Works, before moving to Iwuanyanwu Nationale. After a notable performance at the U-17 World Championships, he was signed by Dutch Eredivisie AFC Ajax in 1993 for €207,047.
He made his Ajax debut the following year and went on to score 25 goals in 54 appearances. Kanu also came on as a sub in Ajax’s 1995 Champions League final win over AC Milan. In 1996, Ajax sold Kanu to Serie A side Inter Milan for around $4.7 million.
He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and African brand ambassador for digital TV operator StarTimes. He is also the owner of Kanu Sports TV, an Internet Sports Television which position to be the first indigenous sports TV in Nigeria, Kanu Sports Television
That summer he captained the Nigerian team that won gold at the Olympics and scored two late goals in the semi-finals against powerhouses Brazil to overturn a 2–3 scoreline into a 4–3 win in extra time. Kanu was also named African Footballer of the Year for that year.
Kanu Nwankwo participated in the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups. On 24 June 2010, Kanu ended his international career following Nigeria’s exit from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Nigeria lost their group matches against Argentina and Greece, before a 2–2 draw with South Korea ended their stay in the tournament. He won 86 caps and scored 13 goals for his country and was the joint most capped Nigerian player of all-time alongside Muda Lawal, until Joseph Yobo surpassed both players in 2012, winning his 87th cap.
In February 1999, after just twelve games and one goal for Inter, Kanu was signed by Arsenal for approximately £4.15 million. Other clubs that Kanu played for include: West Bromwich Albion, and Portsmouth.
Kanu Nwankwo Heart Surgery
Soon after returning from the Olympics, Kanu underwent a medical examination at Inter, which revealed a serious heart defect; he underwent surgery in November 1996 to replace an aortic valve and did not return to his club until April 1997.
In interviews, Kanu frequently cites his faith as a Christian and has often mentioned this trying time of his career as an occasion when he prayed to God. Kanu’s experience also led to his founding the Kanu Heart Foundation.
An organization that helps predominantly young African children who suffer heart defects and whose work was expanded to provide aid for homeless children in 2008.
Kanu Nwankwo Wife
He is married to Amarachi Kanu.
Kanu Nwankwo Net Worth
His net worth is estimated to be about $100million.
Kanu Nwankwo Mansion
He has mansions in his hometown of Owerri, as well as in Arochukwu and Ikoyi. Other sources claim that he owns a mansion in Opebi, Lagos, the cost of which is estimated to be N150 million.
Nwankwo Kanu laments illegal ‘takeover’ of his Lagos hotel
The hotel, Hardley Apartment, is subject to a court case over an alleged unrepaid bank loan. A disillusioned Kanu told journalists that the case has been on since 2015 at the Federal High Court Ikoyi, Lagos. Adding he did not understand why AMCON would start renovating his property when the court has not decided the case.
He disclosed that most of his valued property. Including his medals and Olympic torch has been looted, lamenting. “It is quite unfortunate that a legendary star, who gave his best to the country would be treated like this.
“This hotel serves many purposes. I have been using the money I get here to fund my heart foundation and also create jobs for people. Over 500 children are on the line for surgery and 200 are on the waiting list.
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