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.'
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...
PLAY UP POMPEY!