One of the stars of the Arsenal Invincibles season is set to be appointed Chairman and Sole Proprietor of his home town club, Enyimba Football Club.
Nwankwo Kanu was part of the historic Arsenal team that played a full season in the Premier League without defeat in 2003/04, while also winning the FA Cup.
The 46-year-old is set to make a remarkable return to Nigerian football as he is reportedly poised to assume the role of chairman at Enyimba, the reigning champions of the Nigeria Premier Football League and the most successful football club in Nigeria.
The newly elected Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti dissolved the former board of the Peoples’ Elephant last week, ending the reign of Felix Anyansi-Agwu, who enjoyed a lengthy and successful tenure as the team’s chairman for 23 years.
Under Anyansi, Enyimba won the NPFL title nine times and two CAF Champions League trophies.
According to reports emanating from Umuahia, Abia State’s capital, Kanu Nwankwo has emerged as a prime candidate for the position. His potential appointment comes at a critical juncture for the club, as they prepare to embark on a significant campaign in the upcoming CAF Champions League.
With a rich history and track record of success, Enyimba is no stranger to continental football rigors and will undoubtedly seek to add to their impressive collection of silverware.
If the reports are accurate and Kanu assumes the role of chairman, it could mark an exciting era for Enyimba, with the former Super Eagles captain bringing his wealth of experience, leadership, and passion for the game to guide the club towards future triumphs.
‘Papilo’ who started his football career with the defunct Iwuanyanwu Nationale, will team up with Enyimba head coach, Finidi George, who is his former teammate at the national team.
Football enthusiasts and fans alike eagerly await official confirmation of this exciting development and eagerly anticipate the impact Nwankwo Kanu could have on Enyimba’s fortunes in the seasons to come.
Kanu joined Arsenal from Inter Milan in a deal worth approximately £4.15 million in 1999. He quickly showcased his exceptional skills, resilience, and goal-scoring prowess, after making his debut in the FA Cup against Sheffield United.
One of Kanu’s most memorable moments in an Arsenal shirt occurred during a Premier League match against Chelsea on October 23, 1999. With Arsenal trailing 2-0 in the final minutes, the Nigerian forward scored a sensational hat-trick in the closing stages of the game, rescuing a point for the Gunners in a thrilling 3-3 draw.
The two-time African footballer of the year scored 44 goals in 198 appearances, winning two Premier League titles (2001-2002, 2003-2004), two FA Cups (2001-2002, 2002-2003), and a Community Shield (1999).