Former Nigerian International Nwankwo Kanu has lost his mother with no details shedding light on the cause of her unfortunate demise
Kanu’s mother, Mrs. Susan Kanu Iheme, was reported to have passed away on September 7.
According to papilonews.com Kanu eulogised his mother, whom he described as a great pillar of strength to the entire family.
“The loss of Mama is hard to bear. She is a rock that stood by me and all my siblings. She showed us equal love and affection, and always prayed for each and every one of us.
“Her support and prayers for me right from the beginning of my playing career till the end were invaluable. Her guidance also went a very long way into moulding me into the man I am today. She taught me to love, and to give. I will miss her, but God knows best.
Mama Kanu had the rare privilege of raising three sons who played professional football. Aside Olympic Gold medal winning legend Nwankwo, her eldest son Godwin played for Bendel United and her last son Ogbonna played for Ajax Amsterdam amongst other clubs.
The former Arsenal and Ajax star was a member, and later captain, of the Nigerian national football team for 16 years from 1994 until 2010. He has been married to wife, Amara Nwankwo for 12 years and the pair has three beautiful children.
Burial arrangements are yet to be announced by the family.