Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has ranked former teammate Nwankwo Kanu the best player in the history of African football in terms of technique, adding that it was a privilege to play with him for five years.
Speaking at the Landmark Events, during ‘Watch a Match with Thierry Henry’, which was also attended by ex-Nigeria internationals Victor Ikpeba, Peter Rufai, Mutiu Adepoju, Finidi George, and Austin Eguavoen.
”Happy to be first time in Nigeria, I have met with Kanu, Ikpeba, they always say you have to go (Nigeria) they love the game there, I knew that for a fact, I grew up watching the Super Eagles that in 1994 and before that a lot of Nigerians played in France, Siasia, late Stephen Keshi,” Henry told reporters, including Daily Trust.
”When those guys played that was how I knew Nigeria but they played in France and did well and the Super Eagles backed it up in 1994 World Cup.”
Henry added: ”Kanu is always happy, positive. He was really good, very good. Everyone knew it. He was very calm, just unbelievable. It was a privilege playing with him.”
Henry and former African Footballer of the Year Victor Ikpeba were teammates at Ligue 1 club Monaco for six years, 1993 to 1999.