Former Super Eagles’ captain, Kanu Nwankwo on Tuesday disclosed that he had suffered the “saddest day” of his life after finding out that every medal he won had vanished from a Lagos hotel of his, adding that some persons are bent on taking over his hotel.
Speaking to newsmen, Kanu lamented the “rude shock” he suffered after learning that a host of cherished keepsakes earned over his football career had disappeared from the property that is at the centre of a long-running legal dispute.
“This is the saddest day of my life as I cannot understand why this happened to me,” he said, TheCable quoted Kanu as saying.
“All the medals I have earned, in addition to the Olympic torch that I cherished, are all gone and I don’t even know who to ask for all these prized assets.”
Kanu also said, “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. I am Kanu Nwankwo, not a foreigner.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick confirmed the disappearance of the former Arsenal star’s medals and trophies, saying Nwankwo was “in intense pain” at their loss.
“Kanu worked very hard from a humble beginning to accumulate whatever he has today and to earn those precious valuables,” he said in a statement.
“We respectfully call on the Nigeria police and other security agencies to work hard at unravelling the perpetrators of this nefarious act.”