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Lagerback pays tribute to Kanu

By Tony Ubani
EAGLES skipper, Kanu Nwankwo, remains one of Nigeria’s most accomplished footballers but his inclusion for his third and certainly last World Cup finals came as a surprise. His epileptic appearance for Portsmouth who were drowned in relegation almost denied him  a World Cup shirt.

WE'RE THERE • • • Nwankwo Kanu and teammates on arrival in Durban, South Africa, Wednesday.

Many Nigerians gaped when Lars Lagerback named him in his final 23- man list. The Swede still insists that Kanu remains one of the best things to ever happen to Nigeria.

“He is one of the best players around. He is disciplined, committed and has an uncanny trick that defenders have no clues to”, Lagerback said on Skysports to boost the morale of his skipper. “He is strong and lion-hearted. He is a natural leader”. Kind words apparently buoyed Kanu to insist that the Eagles would make a major impact in the first World Cup on African soil.

“Lagerback has instilled a lot of confidence in our team. The spirit is high and the camp is like a family. Once there is unity in camp with good spirit the players are difficult to be stopped. It is not going to be easy for any team. No team can underestimate another team. I am hopeful that our team will hold more for Nigerians”, Kanu affirmed.


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