Nigerian football legend, Nwankwo Kanu has been named along with six others as ambassadors for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
As a two-time winner of the African Footballer of the Year and the BBC African Footballer of the Year awards, Kanu is the most decorated player out of Nigeria. Although he didn’t get to win the continental title with the Super Eagles, his classy appearance at the 1996 Olympics remains unforgettable.
AFCON 2019 begins this Friday in Egypt. Others named with Kanu include:
Mahmoud El Khateeb
El Khateeb was the first Egyptian to win African Player of the Year in 1983. Bibo, as he is fondly called among Egyptian supporters, won the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt at home in 1986.
Eto’o is widely regarded as the greatest African player of all time. He is a four-time CAF Player of the Year (2003, 2004, 2005 & 2010) and won the Africa Cup of Nations with Cameroon in 2000 and 2002.
The Ivorian ranks amongst the best in his country, Africa and the rest of the world. Toure was crowned CAF Player of the Year four times in a row (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014), and ultimately guiding Cote d’Ivoire to the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.
Two-time CAF Player of the Year – 2006 & 2009, Drogba ranks amongst the foremost forwards of his generation. He appeared in five AFCONS (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 & 2013) reaching the finals in 2006 and 2012.
Madjer was part of the squad that won Algeria’s AFCON title in 1990 on home soil. He also won the Ballon d’or Africain in 1987.
El Hadji Diouf
He remains the only Senegalese to have been crowned CAF Player of the Year, decorated in 2001 and 2002.
The AFCON 2019 is one event not to miss.