Former Nigeria captain, Nwankwo Kanu, on Thursday celebrated his 43rd birthday with kids who were beneficiaries of his Kanu Heart Foundation (KHF) open heart surgeries abroad, Completesports.com reports.
The former Arsenal of London forward and winner of UEFA Champions League with Ajax Amsterdam has made it a routine practice to always share the joy of his birthday with those kids, whom he believes were given a second chance to live by God through his pet charity organisation, KHF.
‘Papilo’, as the leggy striker is fondly called, reckons that having gone through such successful l open heart surgery at Cleveland Hospital in USA, he knows what the kids went through, hence, sharing “my moment of joy” with them.
“Another year. I thank God for this day. I will keep working for others. #august 1. #birth day. #Kanuheartf. #thankgod”, Nwankwo Kanu tweeted on his official Twitter handle @ on Thursday, August 1.
Born on August 1, 1976, in Owerri, Imo State, Nwankwo Kanu represented Nigeria in all the four grades of the national team, U17, U20, U23 and senior level, the Super Eagles.
Papilo has 87 caps with 12 goals in a 17-year national team career spanning from 1994 to 2011.
Winner of Olympic Games Soccer gold medal in 1996 in Atlanta, Kanu added the EPL title, two English FA Cups and UEFA Champions League title with Ajax in his rich silverware haul.
By Sab Osuji