Nigerian football legend, Nwankwo Kanu, has confirmed the death of his mother, Susan Iheme Kanu.
According to Kanu’s official news website, papilonews.com, the matriarch of the Kanu family gave up the ghost on Thursday.
An emotional Kanu, eulogizing his late mum, described her as a great pillar of strength to the entire family.
His words: “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.
Burial arrangements are yet to be concluded as the family is still getting to grips with the shock of her demise.