Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Former Super Eagles striker Kanu Nwankwo undergoes corrective heart surgery

Former Super Eagles captain and Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu is currently recovering in the United States after undergoing corrective heart surgery. His younger brother Ogbonna told BBC Sports that the former Nigerian international is doing well and is okay.

"It's important to clarify that decision to operate him was reached during his annual medical check-up.
"We give thanks to God that everything went well and he's in perfect condition.
"The family would like to say a big 'thank you' to Nigerians and Nwankwo Kanu's fans across the world for their prayers and best wishes."

Kanu announced his retirement from international football at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Kanu first had heart surgery in November 1996 to correct a faulty aortic valve.
After year out, he returned to action for Inter Milan and in February 1999 joined Premier League side Arsenal.
His experience allowed start a foundation to build five hospitals in Africa to treat undiagnosed heart disease and provide surgery.

His international success includes a Fifa under-17 World Cup title in 1993 and the 1996 Olympic football gold medal.
Kanu's individual honours include African Footballer of the Year awards in 1996 and 1999.