Renowned Super Eagles legend, Nwankwo Kanu, was captured sharing his knowledge with Omonia Nikosia goalkeeper Francis Uzoho in a throwback video from the 2018 World Cup, Sporty9ja reported.
During the tournament held in Russia, Kanu, known for his illustrious career with Arsenal, was seen doing what he loves best—mentoring and guiding young talents. The video showcases Kanu engaging with the 18-year-old Uzoho, providing him with valuable insights and advice.
Unfortunately, the Super Eagles’ journey in the tournament ended prematurely as they were placed in a challenging group alongside Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland. Despite their efforts, a 2-0 defeat to Croatia, a 2-1 defeat to Argentina, and a 2-0 victory against Iceland were not sufficient to secure a spot in the next round under the leadership of Gernot Rohr.
During these matches, Uzoho, identified by Rohr at the age of 17, made his debut in November 2017 against Argentina, featuring for 45 minutes. The young goalkeeper solidified his position in the team and played a crucial role in World Cup preparations, featuring for the full 90 minutes in friendly matches against England and Poland.
In the heartwarming video shared by Kanu, he can be seen conversing with Uzoho, providing guidance and motivation. Kanu expressed his passion for passing on his knowledge and tips to the younger generation, emphasizing the importance of sharing and not keeping all the knowledge to oneself.
Despite Nigeria’s overall performance in the tournament, the experience was undoubtedly memorable for Francis Uzoho. Since then, Uzoho has accumulated 29 caps for the national team and has embarked on a successful journey, playing for various European clubs.
The video serves as a reminder of the positive impact experienced players can have on the development of young talents. It highlights the importance of mentorship and guidance in the world of football and inspires aspiring players to seek guidance from those who have walked the path before them.
You can watch the heartwarming video on Sporty9ja’s Instagram page.