Former Arsenal star Kanu to visit Kenya in April

Kanu with Nicholas Anelka
Kanu with fellow Arsenal legend Nicolas Anelka. Photo: Twitter/papilokanu

Former Arsenal and Nigeria striker Nwankwo Kanu is visiting Kenya for a four-day tour next month.

The former Nigeria striker, who has also played for West Bromwich Albion, Portsmouth, AFC Ajax and Inter Milan, will be in the country as the chief guest for the inaugural StarTimes Inter-Media Football Tournament which is scheduled for April 2 at the Safaricom Kasarani stadium.

39-year-old Kanu, who skippered the Super Eagles to the Olympic gold medal in Atlanta 1996, will also run a football clinic that will bring together three academies on Sunday April 3 at the Star Soccer Academy. The Academy is run by former Bandari FC and KCB FC head coach Rishadi Shedu.

Young footballers between the age of 10 and 17 from Star Academy, Syokimau Academy and Riruta Youth Sports Association will be involved in the clinic.

The StarTimes brand ambassador will also spend time with cardiovascular condition patients at Kenyatta National Hospital to promote his Kanu Heart Foundation initiative which he founded in 2000 to help save underprivileged African children.

“Kanu is an inspiration to many because his success story is the typical African narrative of rising to stardom against all odds. He is a star that everyone can relate to and we are proud that he is coming to Kenya to interact with football enthusiasts.” – Alex Maura, StarTimes corporate communication manager

During his career, Kanu has won a UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup medals and two African Player of the Year awards.

StarTimes Inter-media Football Tournament

Sixteen media teams will compete in the seven-a-side StarTimes Inter-Media Football Tournament battling out for a top prize of Sh50,000, a trophy and gift hampers.

The runners-up will win Sh30,000 while the third placed team walks home with Sh20,000 in the one-day tournament where the most disciplined team, best goalkeeper and top scorer will be rewarded.

The draw for the tournament will be conducted after the March 22 submission deadline with the 16 teams set to be split into four groups.

It will provide the perfect preparation for the Capital FM team who recently won the Standard Chartered Road to Anfield tournament.

As winners, Capital FM will depart for Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium on April 20 to represent Kenya in the four-day competition that includes teams from America, Asia, Middle East and Europe.

Fellow Gunners’ legend Robert Pirès visited Kenya at the end of last year and former Liverpool star John Barnes was in the country last month. The next Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spent New Year on a safari break with his family.