November 16, 2009

Kanu: I will quit after World Cup

Much-celebrated Nigeria striker Nwankwo Kanu will hang up his international boots after the Super Eagles end their World Cup campaign in South Africa in June.

Speaking immediately after the Nigerians booked their place at the finals with a 3-2 success over Kenya, Kanu heaped praise on their opponents but indicated his confidence that a winner was going to come.

“Kenya have a very good team,” Kanu told “They played well but we are happy to win. Despite the pressure, we knew we could do it. It was just was a matter of time. Now we have a chance to go to World Cup and do well. Our chances are good.”

On his retirement from international football, Kanu said, “I will quit after this World Cup. I cannot play when I am 50. I have reached the heights and my aim is to go to World Cup. I thank God that finally after all the fight, all the struggle, all the hard work, we are there.”

Kanu was an unused substitute in the weekend’s match. During the previous encounter between the two teams in Nigeria, he came off the bench to help the Super Eagles turn the tables on the dominant Harambee Stars.