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Former Nigeria skipper Kanu Nwankwo robbed £8,000 in Kaliningrad

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Former Nigeria Captain, Nwankwo Kanu, has been robbed of £8,000  in the city where Super Eagles are to play their opening Group D match against Croatia on June 16.

TASS Russian News Agency reported that the money was stolen from Kanu’s luggage by the baggage handlers at the Khrabrovo Airport.

“When Kanu discovered that the money was stolen when he got to his hotel, he promptly made a report and the two airport staff were detained on suspicion of stealing the money from the Nigeria legend.”

Lieutenant Colonel Irina Volk, spokeswoman for the Russian Interior Ministry, said the loaders were dealing with the baggage from a London to Moscow flight.

“The stolen cash was removed (from the loaders) and will soon be returned to the owner”, she said.

The loaders, aged 30 and 36, face criminal investigation and could be sent to jail for up to six years.

Kanu played alongside ex-Manchester United and England star Wes Brown in a FIFA legends team against a Russian legends side.

The ex-Arsenal man, a former Nigerian international, did not mention the theft in speaking to the media in the Baltic city.

“Kaliningrad is a very nice city with very nice people,” said Nwankwo Kanu.
“ Nigeria will be a big surprise, for sure. We have good young and talented players; they are hungry for victories and want to do well – for themselves and for the country,” Kanu was quoted as saying to UK’s Mirror newspaper.

About Collins Okinyo

Appointed by CAF President Dr.Ahmad as CAF Media Expert. An expert on African football with over 13 years experience ,always with an ear to the ground with indepth knowledge of the game. I have worked for top publications including 7 years at www.supersport.com until i founded www.soka25east.com to quench the thirst of football lovers across the continent. I have trained young upcoming journalists who are now a voice in African football.I have covered World Cup,AFCON,CHAN,Champions League,Confederations Cup,Cecafa,Cosafa,Wafu and many other football tournaments across the World. Founder Football Africa Arena(FAA),Founder www.afrisportdigital.com

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