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Two-time African Footballer of the Year Nwankwo Kanu will tomorrow celebrate his 41st birthday with a basketball clinic at his novel sports centre in Owerri.        

The former captain of the Super Eagles said his 41st anniversary is not only a celebration of life, but another opportunity to give back to the society with a noble cause.

“My birthday again comes up on August 1 and I’m as usual, going to celebrate with motherless homes,” said the former Arsenal’s legend.

“But this year is going to be bigger because we starting the South-East basketball  clinic.

“I’m bringing in a coach from the US for the clinic to share experiences with players and coaches; and there would be opportunity to give out scholarship to deserving athletes.”

The landmark event will be at his sports centre located  behind Imo State University.

He said he remains grateful to God for being alive and well.

It would be recalled that Kanu survived a career-threatening heart ailment soon after leading Nigeria to win Africa’s first soccer Gold Medal at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games.

But he bounced back to part of the glorious Arsenal squad in the early 2000.

He later launched the Kanu Heart Foundation which has facilitated the treatment of hundreds of children with heart-related diseases.


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