Former Super Eagles captain, Austine Okocha, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Kanu Nwankwo and Danny Shittu are part of the African legends team that will face Premier League legends in a charity match on September 30th at the Hive Stadium, London.
The game is to raise money and awareness for the Kanu Heart Foundation.
The likes of Sol Campbell, William Gallas, Teddy Sheringham, Steve McManaman, and Jens Lehmann are among the former legends that will feature for the Premier League Stars.
Having suffered from heart problem during his career as a professional footballer, Kanu has first-hand experience of the devastating impact heart disease can have on lives.
The foundation seeks to raise the profile of heart diseases in Africa and increase awareness through education, improving the quality of physical and psychological care for patients and their families and undertaking vital research.
“If I wasn’t lucky enough to have access to such an amazing medical team when I experienced a serious heart defect, I might not be here today. I set up the Kanu Heart Foundation to help others in the same position who are less fortunate, ” Kanu told mastersfootball.com.
“The new cardiac centre in Abuja will help hundreds of people get access to vital heart treatment without having to travel abroad. I am proud that so many amazing ex-pros will be joining me in the Petrolex Masters Cup in association with Masters Football – it will be an amazing day and great help for the charity.”
Premier League Masters: Jens Lehmann, Nigel Winterburn, Sol Campbell, William Gallas, Pascal Chimbonda, Steve McManaman, Robert Pires, Jonathan Greening, David Thompson, Teddy Sheringham, Louis Saha and Emile Heskey
African Masters: Rami Shaaban, Lauren, Emmanuel Eboue, Danny Shittu, Christopher Kanu, Quinton fortune, Eric Djemba-Djemba, Jay Jay Okocha, Yakubu, Lomana Lua Lua and Kanu