Kanu has corrective heart surgery

Nwankwo Kanu is recovering in the United States after undergoing corrective heart surgery.

His younger brother Ogbonna told BBC Sport that the former Arsenal striker is doing well after the operation.

“It’s important to clarify that decision to operate him was reached during his annual medical check-up.

“We give thanks to God that everything went well and he’s in perfect condition.

“The family would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to Nigerians and Nwankwo Kanu’s fans across the world for their prayers and best wishes.”

The former Nigeria captain first had heart surgery in November 1996 to correct a faulty aortic valve.

After year out, he returned to action for Inter Milan and in February 1999 joined Premier League side Arsenal.

The experience prompted him to set up a foundation to build five hospitals in Africa to treat undiagnosed heart disease and provide surgery.

Source: BBC

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