Nwankwo Kanu: ‘We have saved 542 lives. This means more than football’


The former Arsenal striker on how his heart problem inspired him to set up a foundation and why clubs should do more to monitor their players’ health

Nwankwo Kanu remembers the shouting, the confusion and the overriding sense of desperation. A woman had brought her gravely ill daughter to him, feeling she had nowhere else to turn, and now she was begging him to save the child’s life. Then the little girl collapsed. “We had to pick her up and run to the hospital,” Kanu says. “Thank God she didn’t die.”

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Written by David Hytner
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/sep/14/nwankwo-kanu-we-have-saved-542-arsenal under the title “Nwankwo Kanu: ‘We have saved 542 lives. This means more than football’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.