The former Arsenal player will help the Ihedioha administration on rebuilding the sports sector in Imo State.
“The governor, Emeka Ihedioha, received one of the country’s football legends, Kanu Nwankwo, at the Government House, Owerri, on August 14, 2019,” a statement from Izuchukwu Akwarandu, the governor’s aide on new media said.
“Papilo, as fondly called by his fans, came to present his most recent CAF award, which was given to him at the just concluded Nations Cup in Egypt, to the sports-loving governor of Imo State. The star also presented a branded jersey to the governor.”
“The governor while welcoming the former Super Eagles goal poacher, announced Kanu Nwankwo as his Senior Special Assistant on Sports.”
Kanu was one of the CAF ambassadors for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations where Nigeria finished third. He drew attention during the tournament while engaging fans and motivating the Super Eagles.
The football legend began his career at Iwuanyanwu Nationale in Imo State before he broke into the limelight in the U-17 World Championship.