Former Nigeria international Nwankwo Kanu said on Tuesday that he had suffered the “saddest day” of his life after he discovered that every medal he had won as a big time footballer had vanished from a hotel he formerly wholly owned but now in legal dispute with Nigerian financial and loans regulators.
The former Arsenal star said it was “rude shock” of learning that several medals and mementos earned over his football career and days on he has found it difficult to believe it actually happened.
Kanu told reporters: “This is the saddest day of my life as I cannot understand why this happened to me.
“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.”
Nigeria Football Federation confirmed the disappearance of the medals and trophies, and the NFF president said Kanu was “in intense pain” at the loss.
“Kanu worked very hard from a humble beginning to accumulate whatever he has today and to earn those precious valuables.
“We respectfully call on the Nigeria police and other security agencies to work hard at unravelling the perpetrators of this nefarious act.”
Nigerian media reported that the trophies and medals disappeared after the former Ajax attacking midfielder discovered illegal renovation work had been carried out at the disputed property.
Kanu was two-time African Footballer of the Year and won major trophies with Arsenal, Ajax and Portsmouth.