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Laloko - Kanu should retire!

Possibly words that have been uttered by Pompey fans in the past - only kidding those that are massive fans of 'the king', I only say this in 'semi-jest'...

Kanu is quite literally a god in Nigeria, well African football in general, but he has been told by former Nigeria football federation technical director Kashimawo Laloko that he should retire from international football and give younger players a chance because he is too old, too slow and too weak: 'Players like Kanu are old and they have to go and rest.

'We should always look at the level of development of our game. Nobody needs to tell anybody that Kanu is old. If the speed is lost, the power is lost.

'It is only the brain that is there, but you can only play football with speed, power and skill and once the speed is gone forget it. Other upcoming players should step in.'

Ouch!

To be fair Kanu has not had any pace for donkies years and this has never stopped him has it, so why should it - or even will it, stop him now?

Pace and power plays a major role in the game these days but I would not agree that if you do not possess those qualities you should 'forget about it', many a world class performer has proved this over they years - and they will continue to do so.

To be honest it does not really worry me if Kanu does or does not carry on playing for Nigeria, although if he did stop maybe he would be 'a little fresher' for Pompey when called upon, which does not look likely to be that often anymore does it? The fella can still do a job - from the bench - for Pompey, but his stay on the South Coast is coming close to an end as well, one would suspect anyway...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 15 2008

Time: 8:34AM

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I reckon this will also be his last season for Pompey. He is unlikely to trigger his enough games clause this time and will be released in the summer. Shame for someone to be too old at 21. lol
sneakay
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15/10/2008 08:59:00

get out of it, surely kanu is still a teenager :-)
i wouldnt be overly surprised to see kanu leave in janaury tbh, let alone next summer...
pompeyrug
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15/10/2008 09:04:00

As a Nigerian year equals 2 of ours he is at least 68!!!
storagematt
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15/10/2008 09:24:00

He always looks slow but does pop up and score sometimes - and he fools defenses, not sure they really bother to mark him. Clearly his playing days are coming to an end, but if he can still get a few games, whether for Pompey or Nigeria, then best of luck. I will never forget who scored the winner in the cup final.
tracyc
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15/10/2008 17:33:00

Kanu is rarely going to play,mind you even at 200 years old he is in the squad more than Nugent. This will be his last season, and i agree he could go in January when we get Appiah and Mensah,i just wanted to start a rumour forgive me!!
Owenspompey
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15/10/2008 19:10:00

Is there any truth in the rumour that the fully game has been put back again because Kanu is doing the Great South Run ?
Chix
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15/10/2008 19:45:00

anyone actually know how old he is?
merlin
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15/10/2008 20:41:00

Kanu was born 1st of August 1976, believe it or not.
pompeyyong
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16/10/2008 19:14:00

and my Aunt Fanny is my Uncle Jack!
Gandor
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17/10/2008 00:35:00

 

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