Nwankwo Kanu, the most decorated Super Eagles player, has laid his late mother Mrs Susan Kanu Iheme to eternal rest. The woman died on 7 September.
Her funeral was held at Kanu’s hometown, Amannagwu village in Arochukwu LGA, Abia State.
Late Mrs Susan died at the age of 82.
Reports from Nigeria confirm that “Papillo” [as he’s known by football fans] was on ground to welcome guests who traveled from far and wide to pay their last respect to the iconic woman whose son brought joy to many people around the world.
Her remains arrived Arochukwu on Friday Dec. 3, 2016 for service of songs at her residence Amannagwu, Arochukwu.
The funeral service was held by 10:00 a. m. at the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria Amannagwu.
May God grant her soul an eternal rest!
Kanu, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, retired from active football after many trophy-laden years.
He started his career with Iwuanyawu National (1992-93) before having stints with Ajax, Inter Milan, Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth.
The Owerri-born star played for Nigeria’s national team in a career which spanned over 16 years.
Image shows Kanu Nwankwo and his wife.
Kanu has won a UEFA Champions League medal, a UEFA Cup medal, three FA Cup Winners Medals and two African Player of the Year awards amongst others.
He is also one of few players to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal.
Kalu Nwanko made the third-most substitute appearances in Premier League history, appearing from the bench 118 times.
The former Arsenal forward has always expressed to his now late mother who once told him that one day, he would make her proud with his football talents.