Former Super Eagles captain and Arsenal legend Kanu Nwankwo has struck another goal with the raising of over $125,000 for his Kanu Heart Foundation by Azimo, a leading digital money transfer service in Europe.
The foundation of the two-time African footballer of the year helps children with serious cardiac diseases obtain life-saving medical treatment within and outside Nigeria.
The Atlanta 1996 Olympic gold medallist, 42, set up the charity after overcoming heart problems that almost cut short his career in 1996 when he joined Italian giants Inter Milan from Ajax.
“The Kanu Heart Foundation is important to me because most people in Nigeria and Africa can’t afford to even see a doctor for a check up, let alone find the money to pay for life- saving heart surgery.
“With my experience and privilege, I now want to help children and their families get the support they need for this medical condition, and we can’t do this without community champions like Azimo,” Kanu said, according to a statement from Azimo.
The Uefa Champions League winner with Ajax in 1995 said with Azimo’s excellent and affordable money transfer, his foundation could not have had a better partner.
”So in a way, it is already doing great work and helping lives with its innovation – especially in Nigeria, where the service is very popular,” Kanu, who was part of the Arsenal ”invincibles” that won the Premier League unbeaten in 2003/14 season, added.
The company said it had been raising money for the charity since January 2017. It said every time an Azimo customer makes a transfer to Nigeria, the company makes a donation to KHF.
“A national captain, a gold winner and a key a part of the greatest ever Arsenal side Kanu is one of the most successful and well loved African sportsmen of all time. We are proud to be backing his Heart Foundation charity,” said Azimo CEO Michael Kent, who presented the cheque to the football legend himself at the firm’s office in London.