Horrible is the way to describe Kanu Nwankwo’s arrival in Russian city of Kaliningrad that will host the Super Eagles World Cup opener against Croatia on June 16.

The sum of US$11,000 (approximately N4 million) was stolen from the former Arsenal striker while he was traveling from London to Moscow.

But the for Super Eagles captain is smiling again.

A source close to Nwankwo confirmed on Monday that the money has been returned to him.

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“Yes Papilo is grateful. The Russia police and security agencies were very helpful. They recovered it in hours and returned the money to him,” the source is quoted to have said.

Kanu had received his baggage at Khrabrovo airport and discovered that the money was stolen when he got to his hotel.

Two Sheremetyevo Airport staff were detained on suspicion of stealing the money from the Nigerian star.

The swift recovery is commendable but Kanu's ordeal should be a warning to others hoping to travel to Russia for the World Cup.

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