By James Agberebi:
Netherlands and Ajax great Marc Overmars has described former teammates Finidi George and Nwankwo Kanu as special players.
Overmars played alongside Finidi and Kanu at Ajax and won the Dutch Eredivisie, the UEFA Champions League (1995) and the Intercontinental Cup with the former Nigerian internationals.
After leaving Ajax, Overmars and Kanu teamed up again at Arsenal.
In an interview in the January edition of the Arsenal Magazine, which is on arsenal.com, Overmars who also played for Barcelona, confessed both Finidi and Kanu had qualities that were admired back then at Ajax by other players.
“I don’t think Kanu had ever played on a normal pitch before he joined us at Ajax,” the Dutchman said, laughing.
“He didn’t know where to run. I remember once he had to take a throw-in and we called for the ball, so he pushed the ball out from his chest!
“These guys didn’t have the education as young players but we saw in the first training session that they were special. Kanu had so much quality and it was the same with Finidi George.
"They had something that we didn’t have. We had all learned how to play football on the streets, but their football upbringing was much more raw, and you can see how they benefitted from that.”