Kanu Nwankwo Biography
Kanu Nwankwo is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a forward. He was born on 1 August 1976 in Owerri, Nigeria. He was a member of the Nigerian national team and later captained the Eagles for 16 years from 1994 until 2010. Kanu is a member of the Igbo ethnic group; his name, Nwankwo, means Child born on Nkwo market day in the Igbo language.
Kanu Nwankwo has 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 also 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.
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. 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.
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 organisation that helps predominantly young African children who suffer heart defects and whose work was expanded to provide aid for homeless children in 2008.
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 Wife
He is married to Amarachi Kanu.
Kanu Nwankwo Net Worth
His net worth is estimated to be about $100million.
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 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.