Former Arsenal and Super Eagles star, Nwankwo Kanu on Tuesday said he had suffered the “saddest day” of his life after discovering every medal he had won had vanished.
In a chat with The Cable, Kanu lamented the pain he felt when he learnt that his priceless possessions earned over his football career had disappeared from a Lagos 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,” The Cable reported 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.”
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick confirmed the disappearance of the 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.”
The disappearance was reportedly linked to a court case about a financial dispute involving a hotel owned by Kanu in the upscale Victoria Island area of Lagos.
According to reports, Kanu noticed that the trophies and medals had disappeared after he discovered illegal renovation work had been carried out at the property.
Kanu won the CAF African Footballer of the Year twice and won major trophies with Arsenal, Ajax and Portsmouth.