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'The chief' is ready to mount his challenge

'The chief' is ready to mount his challenge

Kanu, who was already 'the king' is now the self-proclaimed 'chief', made his return from injury in the reserves this week - marking this with a goal and he has told sky sports that he is ready to challenge Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch for a place in the side: 'I am on the comeback trail, I am feeling fine.

'I am not at 100 per cent yet, but scoring last Monday was fantastic and I am delighted to play.

'I love to be on the field and now I have to try and get in the team.

'The strikers did well last week at Everton, but I will let them know that the chief is back and ready to challenge them.

'There is a good spirit in the camp and we are ready to write more good things in the Pompey sports book.'

The Nigerian is a legend and 'if' used in the right way is most definitely worth having around for another year - but lets be honest he, or anyone else for that matter is not going to challenge the England strikers for a starting place regularly are they? If fit, right or wrong, these two are going to be Harry Redknapp's first pick more often than not...

Kanu should be - and hopefully - will be used as an impact sub, as this will best utilise his talent these days.

I like his words and hope that he can help us 'write more good things in the Pompey sports book', but come January if fit - is he ever! - if he is not getting much of a look-in I am not sure how willing he will be to carry on fighting for this place...


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Date:Friday September 5 2008
Time: 1:36PM


the guy wrote himself into Pompey folklore with his goals against WBA and Cardiff and he can only be good to have around the place. id love to see him stay on and coach the likes of Cowan-Hall and Subotic....
05/09/2008 14:00:00
Not sure about coaching & not sure about anything after this season.
05/09/2008 14:18:00
Yeah Kanu needs to be dedicated to the club, all Kanu is dedicated to is himself and his cronies.
05/09/2008 14:24:00
To Be fair, the bloke has done us proud, and i expect him to move onto the nigerian national team in some capacity, maybe manager? maybe coaching?
05/09/2008 14:27:00
he was good as an impact sub last year, he had a really, really good performance at fratton, cant remember which game.he has the europe experience too, and with so many extra games this year, he could play a key part in our attack.
05/09/2008 14:29:00
had a great impact against blackburn on debut couple of years back, but the game you are thinking of is sunderland. 0-0 when he came on, with us looking like doing nothing and we won 1-0 in the end with a defoe penalty, which kanu won...
05/09/2008 14:39:00
tht might well be it, and yeah his debut was a devastating performance, shame he missed the pen...
05/09/2008 15:07:00
Didn't he also come on against Birmingham at 2-2 and we went on to win 4-2? I like talk like that from players. It is very positive and shows a message of fun and happiness in the squad saying 'but I will let them know the chief is back and ready to challenge them'. Great stuff
05/09/2008 15:13:00
totally agree sneakay, i like kanu alot more just because of this interview.
05/09/2008 15:29:00
he's a great impact player - however I would have to disagree with stillthewhizz - he has set up the kanu heart foundation and does other charity work, so its not all about kanu! I think his vast experiance would help improve crouch as well as cowan-hall and subotic, so if he stays beond next year, all the better!
05/09/2008 16:05:00
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