Captain of Nigeria’s National Team that put on a floopy performance at the World has said he is not contemplating of retiring from International action yet
According to NFF’s spokesman Ademola Olajire, the ‘Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu says he never told anyone that he is calling it a day on international football’.
Since Nigeria’s ouster from the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa, reports have quoted the 33-year old legend as saying that he would retire from the international game.
‘I never told anybody that I was quitting international football. Of course, I remember the question being posed as we left the mixed zone after the match in Durban (against Korea Republic). All I did say was that I would fir st go on a holiday with my family and think over everything. It would be my decision,’ said Kanu.
Olajire’s press release also stated that the Nigerian skipper denied reports that he would not want to work with the present NFF board.
According to the press release, Kanu said: ‘That report is mischievous. I never spoke to anyone about not wanting to work with the Federation. My brother, I have been in the national team for the past 16 years and I know th e difference between white and black. The present NFF leadership has done a lot; they have been committed, energetic and forthright, and have sho wn they have the interests of the players at heart.
‘Surely, there is room for improvement as we go forward. But life is about learning and putting those lesions into use for future good’.
If he musters the will and courage to continue, and is around for the next World Cup, Kanu will be on line to be only the second African player to feature at four FIFA World Cup finals, after Cameroonian Rigobert Song set that record in the ongoing finals in South Africa.
Kanu previously played at the 1998 and 2002 finals, after narrowly missing the 1994 edition, and was unlucky not to have made it a third straight finals as the Eagles, captained by Austin Jay Jay Okocha, could not muster what was needed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.