Nwankwo Kanu, former Nigerian Super Eagles striker, appealed to Africans to become aware of heart-related illnesses following the premature death of Ivorian international Cheick Tioté. The former Nigeria team striker is planning to build five specialized hospitals on the continent to treat the heartaches he suffered in 1996.
It was on BBC Sport that the former Nigerian striker revealed his project. The footballer said that besides the Kanu Heart Foundation medical center built in Nigeria, his intention is to build 5 specialized hospitals in five African countries, one in Abuja, Nigeria, and the rest in other parts of the continent.
To lead this project to a certain success, the former Ajax player said ” I have spoken to friends so we can do something to raise awareness, to try to help children in Africa .”
Following the sudden death of Ivorian Cheik Tioté and Cameroonian Marc-Vivien Foe a few years ago, Kanu believes it is time for something to happen.
“What happened to Tioté is a lesson for us all”
As for the project he wants to achieve, he said he could not do it alone because ” A man can not do everything. What happened to Tioté is a lesson for all of us . “ The former Gunner adds, that the project can only be known to all, if this initiative is widely shared.
Remember that Cheik Tioté died last June 05 in China, during a training of his club. His body was repatriated, and buried on 18 June 2017 at the Williamsville cemetery in Ivory Coast.
The deceased had won the African Cup of Nations in 2015 with the Ivorian selection. He was transferred to China last February after wearing the Newcastle jersey for seven years.