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Kanu's debt to his country

Kanu's debt to his country

Setanta sports is reporting that Kanu has 'rebuffed a request from Portsmouth to return to the club for treatment on his knee injury'.

Kanu is said to have injured his knee in the warm up before Nigeria's game with the Ivory Coast but played on before finally being stretchered off, and he has now 'apparently' told that we wanted him to come back for treatment, but he has refused this. He is 'quoted' as saying: 'they wanted me to come back and get treatment in England, but I cannot leave my teammates.

'Millions of Nigerians are looking up to us to bring them happiness and I cannot leave the team.

'I have to fight to be fit and play against Mali. And I also need to motivate the players because this is a time for all of us to be together as a team.

'I know it would have been better for me to return to England, but I have to make the sacrifice for my country. Millions of Nigerians are looking up to us to bring them happiness and I cannot leave the team'.

It is a tough call, the African nations means a great deal to a great number of people and Kanu is such a 'god' among the African continent so I can see where he is coming from - however you also have to see the other side of the coin too...

The early thought was that his knee injury will rule him out of the tournament, so if this is the case as Pompey pay his wages he would also 'owe' is to us to return, we would have a right to want him back for an assessment as if he plays on and further damages his knee - with the suggestion being he will continue playing - who will pick up the pieces.

Berti Vogts - the Nigerian coach - is a professional, so you would like to think that if Kanu is not fit he will not play him...

As I say it is hard to know the full truth, but the kind of stories that are coming out are not at this point looking like doing Kanu too many favours, and with him already not a 'favourite' among many fans this will probably not help?

I do like the fella, and think that he can do things on the pitch that I have seen few do - but my own thinking is he is not being used in the right way - but if he will not return for treatment then I am not keen on this at all, despite as I say seeing where he is coming from in a way.


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Date:Friday January 25 2008
Time: 11:42AM


I hope the "I have to make the sacrifice..." quote doesn't mean he will ignore all advice and play when he shouldn't. I can understand the motivational thing and hope that everyone behaves sensibly. Ultimately, would we have a get out clause if he comes back crocked? After all, as you say, PFC is his employer.
25/01/2008 12:04:00
I can see why King Kanu would need to stay, being a god out there, and captain etc. Also appreciate Pompeys predicament about him not doing more damage. However, he needs 18 games to get the next year extension, so i dont think he will be silly.
25/01/2008 12:11:00
Does it matter? If he's injured he can't play for us anyway, so he might as well be there as here. I am assuming though he is getting treatment for the injury while he's out there - I would hope so!
25/01/2008 12:19:00
as said its all 'hearsay' the apparent 'quotes' might not be true, but if they are as i also say i can see both sides, but if we do sign a new striker if he defies orders no matter how much 'arry likes him if he crosses him he could be lucky to get too many more chances - history shows that if you get into 'arry's 'bad books' its hard to get out again...
25/01/2008 12:23:00
i dont know what the situatation is like, but how much pressure would vogts have put on him to play kanu even if he wasnt fully fit?
25/01/2008 12:24:00
It's hard to argue with his view point, he way of thinking suits that. To but to be fair he can stay there and/or move on because we have moved on & I can't see Kanu doing much for us anymore.
25/01/2008 12:29:00
Well if true at least we know where his loyalities lie and as suspected it's not with Pompey - Midge he only needs 20 'appearences' for his contract extension and I think he's on 17 at the moment so only needs three more 'sub' appearences to get the contract.... I think Tracyc is right though as long as he's getting treatment where does it matter where it is ..
25/01/2008 12:32:00
why does he need to come back, surely pompey can send a medical assesment team to him, or just the one person?????
25/01/2008 12:39:00
I wouldn't worry about it. Kanu is a law unto himself and we can see if he has still got it when he comes "home"
25/01/2008 13:09:00
in my opinion - with this always being my thnking - kanu has still got it... but this should be used from the bench - he simply isnt the right kind of player to start in the formation and systems we use, an 'impact' player is the way i have always seen him being used, and hoped he would... sadly this has not been the case and more often than not as a result he has looked washed up big time...
25/01/2008 13:33:00
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