His goals brought smiles on the faces of Nigerians and others across the world but it seems his contemporary reality has left tears in his eyes.

He is known for his acts of philanthropy especially with the Kanu Heart Foundation which is aimed at saving the lives of people with heart defects.

Quite disheartening however, the man that is responsible for all the smiles on the faces of many is in 'severe pain'.

Yesterday in Victoria Island, Lagos, the former Arsenal of England striker was literally in tears following the realisation that some people are bent on taking over his hotel.

The hotel, Hardley Apartment, is subject of a court case over an alleged unpaid bank loan.

Kanu and Philips

A disillusioned Kanu told journalists that the case between him and Assets Management Company (AMCON) has been on since 2015 at the Federal High Court Ikoyi, Lagos.

He added that he did not understand why AMCON would start renovating his property when the court has not decided the case.


He disclosed that most of his valued property, including his medals and Olympic torch, have been looted, lamenting, “it is quite unfortunate that a legendary star, who gave his best to the country would be treated like this.

“This hotel serves many purposes. I have been using the money I get here to fund my heart foundation and also create jobs for people. Over 500 children are on the line for surgery and 200 are on the waiting list.

“Since the hotel has not been functioning, I find it difficult to get funds to assist these children. I have to go the extra mile to beg for funds. This is not fair.


"The government always tells former footballers not to invest overseas after retirement. They tell us to come back home and invest. I came back to invest and see what I am facing.

“Is this a good experience for other upcoming footballers? Everybody knows I made my money from football. I deserve to be treated well in my country", he added.


Kanu said the case was last heard in 2018 and then adjourned to January 31, 2019, adding that he was surprised to see that some people have taken possession of the hotel.

Kanu Nwankwo

Meanwhile, a close friend and associate of Kanu, Shina Phillips told Bounce Sports it is unfortunate how the football legend is being treated but he assured that the ex-Super Eagles skipper will remain law abiding.

"We hope to get justice, Kanu is a law abiding citizen and we are ready to get to the root of this, justice must be upheld in this country." Mr Philips insisted. 

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