Former Nigerian international Nwankwo Kanu on Sunday clapped back at his critics, saying he is supporting APC presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu, because the latter was among few persons who stood by him over decades ago.
Kanu was among several ex-Super Eagles stars who visited the APC chieftain on Saturday ahead of the novelty match held in his honour.
The presence of the footballers with Tinubu drew ire from fans and social media users, with many accusing them of doing it for money.
Responding to critics over his visit to Tinubu’s residence, Kanu said in a video posted to Facebook that it was only right to support the presidential aspirant considering how the former governor helped him.
He said, “A lot of people have been talking; all the same, we all are entitled to our opinions. Of course, we have to talk. I’m not a politician; I’m a footballer and a proud one at that. I’m a legend who knows what is good and what is not,” he said.
“22 years ago when Kanu Heart Foundation was looking for people to support and help us touch lives, we got only three governors and Ahmed Tinubu was among them.
"He gave the foundation money; he supported us and now it”s his 70th birthday, we have to be there to support him. We have a novelty game to play for him.”
Kanu Nwakwo had a heart surgery after leading his team mates to victory at Atlanta ’96 Olympics Games.
The football legend's foundation cares for patients with heart-related ailment.
The former Arsenal talisman, in the video, called on Nigerians to get their permanent voters’ cards ahead of the 2023 elections in order to vote the right people into power.
Meanwhile, the team of ex-internationals defeated Team Asiwaju 2-0 in the novelty match on Sunday in Lagos.