Former Arsenal and France international striker Thierry Henry was yesterday crowned the “Igwe of Football” in Lagos on his visit for the Guinness Made of Black (campaign) programme in Nigeria.
The organizers of the ‘Guinness Made of Black (campaign) programme’ brought in Thierry Henry to Lagos, Nigeria to meet the ‘Be a Front Row Fan’ winners; a consumer promotion of Guinness Nigeria for its Guinness Stout brand.
Thierry Henry also revealed how Nigerian football legend, Nwankwo Kanu inspired his dribbling. He described Kanu, who was his former teammate at Arsenal, as the most technically gifted African player he ever played with.
Henry revealed this at his unveiling as Guinness Nigeria PLC ambassador for the ‘Made of Black’ campaign which took place at the Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday.
The France legend and his Nigerian counterpart, Kanu joined Arsenal in 1999 and spent five years as teammates, winning two Premier League titles (2002 and 2004) and two FA Cups (2002 and 2003) together.
Henry said, “First of all, let me say Lauren (Etame Mayer, former Cameroon international) was very good and I love Lauren to bits. But if you go down to technique, I have to give it to Kanu. “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 dribbling style) that he had, even watching him on television, I was learning (Kanu’s dribbling 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.”
The 40-year-old Frenchman who retired from football in 2014 also participated in the cooking of Jollof rice; and later joined fans in watching the West Brom vs Manchester United EPL game at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos State.
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