Kanu & other former African stars to face EPL legends

Africa Focus By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 14/09/2018

Kanu Nwankwo leads a host of former African star of Austine Okocha, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Danny Shittu and Lauren to face Premier League legends in a charity match on September 30th at the Hive Stadium, London.

The 42-year-old who suffered from a heart problem and went for operating in November 1996 during his career as a professional footballer and two time African Footballer of the Year he using the game o raise money and awareness for the Kanu Heart Foundation.

Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell will join William Gallas, Teddy Sheringham, Steve McManaman, and Jens Lehmann to turn out for the Premier League legends.

Nigerian great using his foundation seeks to raise the profile of heart diseases in Africa and increase awareness through education, improving the quality of physical and psychological care for patients and their families and undertaking vital research.

Kanu told "If I wasn’t lucky enough to have access to such an amazing medical team when I experienced a serious heart defect, I might not be here today. I set up the Kanu Heart Foundation to help others in the same position who are less fortunate.

"The new cardiac centre in Abuja will help hundreds of people get access to vital heart treatment without having to travel abroad. I am proud that so many amazing ex-pros will be joining me in the Petrolex Masters Cup in association with Masters Football – it will be an amazing day and great help for the charity.”

The ex-players that will participate in the charity are:

African stars: Rami Shaaban, Lauren, Emmanuel Eboue, Danny Shittu, Christopher Kanu, Quinton fortune, Eric Djemba-Djemba, Jay Jay Okocha, Yakubu, Lomana Lua Lua and Kanu

Premier League stars: Jens Lehmann, Nigel Winterburn, Sol Campbell, William Gallas, Pascal Chimbonda, Steve McManaman, Robert Pires, Jonathan Greening, David Thompson, Teddy Sheringham, Louis Saha and Emile Heskey