France and Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry has revealed he learned the unique dribbling technique of former team-mate and Super Eagles’ legend, Kanu Nwankwo.
The duo crossed paths at Arsenal FC when they were both acquired by Arsene Wenger in 1999. They spent a trophy-laden half a decade together at Highbury, winning two Premier League championships and FA Cups. Before Kanu moved away to West Bromwich Albion, Henry stayed and went on to captain the team before leaving for Barcelona in 2007.
Henry confessed he’s been a pronounced student of Kanu’s languid dribbling technique when he was unveiled as Guinness Nigeria PLC ambassador for the ‘Made of Black’ campaign.
“It’s just the truth. Kanu was an underrated player, so humble, nice guy, everything about him was positive. We all know that famous turn [Kanu’s unique dribbling style] that he had, even watching him on television, I was learning [Kanu’s style]. He was always good and a good guy too.
“Like I said, if we go down to technique, Kanu was very good. Kolo Toure was very tough, Lauren had good technique too until he was moved to right-back.” said the 1998 World Cup winner who was ceremoniously crowned ‘Igwe’, his long gifted nickname in this part of the world which means ‘king’ in Igbo language.
Henry was at the ‘Made of Black’ event organised by Guinness Nigeria PLC at the Landmark event center, Victoria Island, Lagos State.