NIGERIAN legend Nwankwo Kanu has been appointed as Supervisor to run Nigeria Premier Football League champions Enyimba.
The appointment of the former Super Eagles captain was confirmed in an official statement released by Abia State Commissioner for Information and Culture Prince Okey Kanu last night.
The Atlanta 1996 Olympic gold medallist will take over the leadership of the club from Felix Anyansi-Agwu, who was in charge for over 20 years and oversaw success after success.
Under Anyansi-Agwu, Enyimba won the CAF Champions League title back-to-back in 2003 and 2004, the only Nigerian club in history to achieve the feat, and clinched several NPFL titles as well as Federation Cups.
The statement from the Abia State government says Kanu is expected to strengthen Enyimba and lead them to more silverware.
The legendary forward’s first challenge is to help Enyimba successfully defend the NPFL title they won in June, and ensure they reach the latter stages of next season’s CAF Champions League.
Kanu, 46, has some administrative experience, having founded and managed the Papilo Football Academy in Owerri, Imo State for years.
He also founded the Kanu Heart Foundation over 20 years ago after surviving corrective heart surgery to continue his football career, and has helped scores of young Nigerians undergo successful heart procedures.
Enyimba are Nigeria’s most successful club with nine league titles, two CAF Champions Leagues, two CAF Super Cups and four Federation Cups.
PHOTO: Nwankwo Kanu (first right) with Abia State Governor Alex Otti (first left).