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VIDEO: FIFA LEGEND, KANU PLAYED A ROLE IN NIGERIA’S WIN

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA, ST. PETERSBURG.

 

Former Nigeria captain and a FIFA legend, Nwankwo Kanu was on hand on Friday at Volgograd to psych up the Super Eagles before their 2-0 defeat of Iceland.

Just like Emmanuel Amuneke was officially asked to do as a FIFA legend in Nigeria’s opening game at Kaliningrad, Kanu was to give a brief address to boost Nigerians at the game with Iceland.

Birkir Kristinsson of Iceland was given similar opportunity. Minutes later, Kanu was back in Nigeria’s locker room to psych up the players.

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The former Arsenal man who played six games across three World Cup tournaments in 1998, 2002 and 2010 hugged each of the players as they filed out of the dressing room for the pitch.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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