Nigeria football legend Nwankwo Kanu suffered ‘the saddest day’ of his life after the awards he amassed over a 20-year football career vanished from his Lagos property.
Kanu, 42, is widely regarded as one of Africas’ greatest ever strikers and is one of few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal over an iconic career.
The former Super Eagles captain spent 19-years in Europe with AFC Ajax, Inter Milan and Arsenal, before stints with West Bromwich and Portsmouth.
And the two-time African Footballer of the Year confirmed the memoirs that remain have been cruelly taken away from him.
The Lagos property, a hotel, has been at the centre of a long-running legal dispute over an alleged default in a transaction between Polaris Bank, leading to series of litigation that is still pending at the federal high court.
Reports in Nigeria media suggests that the trophies and medals disappeared after Kanu discovered illegal renovation work had been carried out at the hotel – this after court orders instructed both parties within the current dispute to stay off the property.
Shina Philips, an associate of Kanu, told Premium Times that the former African footballer of the year had to cut short his trip to London after being informed about the incident.
“Yes, it is true, they have even made away with his football medals, trophies, plaques and other valuable items. For someone that has served and still serving this country meritoriously, he does not deserve this kind of treatment,” Philips said. “He was in tears as we drove away from the hotel,”
The former Inter Milan and Arsenal striker admitted he struggled to recognise his own property after returning to the scene of the alleged crime.
“It was a rude shock to me,” Kanu, was quoted as saying by TheCable. “I almost couldn’t recognise the hotel as belonging to me anymore.
“This is the saddest day of my life as I cannot understand why this happens to me when the matter has yet to be settled in court.
“All the medals I have earned, in addition to the Olympic torch that I cherished are all gone, and I don’t even know who to ask for all these prized assets.”