Nigerian international Peter Osaze Odemwingie has revealed that his football hero is 2-time African Footballer of the Year Kanu ‘Papilo’ Nwankwo.
He made the revelation Tuesday during a live program on Skysports where he had appeared alongside Super Eagles and Hull City forward Sone Aluko and former Egyptian international Hassan Mido to discuss the impact of African players on the English Premier league.
Kanu according to him did not only give an impressive account of himself while playing in England but also extended his impressive run to the national level where he captained Nigeria’s Olympic team to a golden outing at the Atlanta 96 Olympics.
“Kanu remains my hero. He was amazing and I have followed his since 1996 when he led Nigeria’s junior team to win gold at the Atlanta Olympics. His finishing while he played for Arsenal and other teams in England still remain memorable,” he said
Odemwingie who has been on the sidelines for some time now following injury also had something to contribute while Eagles returnee Obafemi Martins was being discussed.
“He is fast and can play deep. He was effective while with Newcastle and he still remains effective today,” he submitted
Kanu who quit the national team after 86 caps won African footballer of the year twice, BBC footballer of the year twice. He also won two premier league titles with Arsenal, two FA Cup with the Gunners and one FA Cup with Portsmouth.
At the home front he was part of the U-17 side that clinched the world Cup in 1993, claimed Olympic Gold in 1996, Afro-Asian Cup of Nations in 1995 and runner up of the 2000 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.