Emulates Kanu’s Philanthropy, Bayero Urges Sportsmen, Women

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BY Salifu Usman, Abuja

The Wambai Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has described the humanitarian gestures of former Super Eagles captain and African Footballer of the Year Award Winner, Nwankwo Kanu, as an enduring legacies, sportsmen and women in Nigeria should emulate.

Bayero, who stated this when he received the former Arsenal of England striker, alongside former Senegalese international, El-Hadji Diouf in Kano as part of preparations for the forthcoming ‘Match4IDPs’, said he was impressed by decision of the African legend to give back to the society through his philanthropic projects.

According him, if every Nigerian and African sportsmen and women who are successful in their chosen career follow the path of the1996 Olympic gold medalist, the society will be better, saying, “I followed Kanu from his playing days at home to Ajax, Inter Milan, Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth, places he won honours and I must tell you as a Nigerian that, I am proud of his feat.

“With your intention to join other Africa legends to play for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the North-eastern part of the country, believe me though I love our darling team, Kano Pillars football club, I will support the Kanu-led team to win the match,” Wambai Kano said.

On his part, Kanu said he is in love with the people of Kano, because of their overwhelming love for the game of football.

The game, according to him, though, is a friendly game, the star studded legend side will teach the former Nigeria league champions, some soccer lesson which may compel some clubs to ask for their signature once again.

Meanwhile the Chief Cordinator for Match4IDPs, Abi Goodman said arrangements are in top gear to ensure a hitch-free programme that will benefit the Internally Displaced Persons and deworming of children.