The former Super Eagles star, Nwankwo Kanu has made known his intention to help children combat heart attacks in African continent.
While commiserating the death of the Ivory Coast And former Newcastle Midfielder, Cheick Tiote, who died of cardiac arrest in training at Beijing, China, Kanu expressed that the death should serve a lesson and wake-up call to us in Africa.
“Tiote’s death was not good news. It’s not the first time it is happening.
“We lost Marc-Vivien Foe. He died and nothing was done. Tiote is gone and nothing is being done.
“One man can not do everything. What happened to Tiote is a lesson to us all. We can’t let it go on like this.”
As Kanu spoke with BBCSport, he reveals how he intends to contribute in forestalling future incidents.
“I’m talking to friends so we can do something to create awareness to try to help children in Africa.”
“We should talk more about it, information needs to get out there because the problem is huge.
“Our dream is to build a hospital in Nigeria and four other countries in Africa.
“The funds have been the issue but if we can make it happen it’s going to help a lot because right now we are taking the
kids to India and it cost a lot.”
So far the Kanu Heart Foundation has facilitated 538 successful operations in England, India, Nigeria and Israel.
The foundation office in Lagos, Nigeria receives eight to ten calls everyday from people seeking help to treat heart related problems.
Recall that Kanu survived a cardiac surgery in 1996 during his playing times with Nigeria national team.