Thierry Henry crowned Igwe of soccer in Nigeria, reveals what Kanu Nwankwo taught him
By Rita Chioma,
Thierry Henry, who arrived Nigeria yesterday, Sunday , December 17, was crowned Igwe (king) of soccer and he also revealed what former Super Eagles star, Nwankwo Kanu taught him about dribbling.
He described Kanu, a former teammate at Arsenal, as the most technically gifted African player he ever played with.
Henry revealed this at his unveiling as Guinness Nigeria PLC ambassador for the ‘Made of Black’ campaign which took place at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday.
The French legend and his Nigerian counterpart, Kanu joined Arsenal in 1999 and spent five years as teammates, winning two Premier League titles (2002 and 2004) and two FA Cups (2002 and 2003) together.
Henry said, “First of all, let me say Lauren (Etame Mayer, former Cameroon international) was very good and I love Lauren to bits. But if you go down to technique, I have to give it to Kanu. “It’s just the truth. Kanu was an underrated player, so humble, nice guy, everything about him was positive. “We all know that famous turn (Kanu’s dribbling style) that he had, even watching him on television, I was learning (Kanu’s dribbling style).
He was always good and a good guy too. “Like I said, if we go down to technique, Kanu was very good. Kolo Toure was very tough, Lauren had good technique too until he was moved to right-back.”