Nwankwo said there was room for improvement for Nigerian football. He said this in Ibadan on Thursday, 15 August 2019, when he visited Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.
He was in Ibadan to solicit support for 200 patients awaiting surgical operations through the Kanu Heart Foundation.
“Nigerian football is not bad but can do better. I believe football is growing in terms of the league.
“There used to be times when people don’t go to the stadium to watch games.
There is still room to improve in every angle. For me, what I did was to go back to the grassroots, which is the most important,” the former foremost player of Super Eagles said.
He said the Super Eagles did well in the just concluded African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt, noting that the team was the youngest in the tournament.
The ex-international expressed the hope that the Super Eagles would do better at the World Cup.
Nwankwo said he had set up Kanu International Football Academy (KIFA), with 20 centres across the country, to identify talents and nurture them to stardom.
“I remember when I started, people do come and watch us. From that time, they knew I am going to be who I am today. I thank God for that.
“We have new ones who are growing up on the street and are yet to be identified. What we are doing is to touch everyone wherever they are in the country,” he said.
According to him, the KIFA is aimed at creating the platform and opportunities for young and upcoming talents in the country.
He expressed confidence that the successes of identified talents would benefit the society and other young ones who would learn from them.
Nwankwo said he was in Ibadan to solicit support for 200 patients awaiting surgical operation through his foundation, adding that he could not do it alone.
He said his heart foundation had, since its establishment, sponsored 561 surgical operations.
“We have 200 on the waiting list and Kanu alone cannot do it. That is why I have been moving from one governor to the other to solicit support.
“I pray they respond by coming to our aid. We are also planning to build our hospital in Nigeria because we are tired of taking them out of the country every time. It is all about sacrifice,” he said.