Nwankwo Kanu robbed of £8k in Russia
The former Nigerian International had been reported by Mirror UK to have had over £8,000 in cash stolen from his suitcase in Moscow after he arrived from London.
Nwankwo Kanu who represented Nigeria at the World Cup in 1998, 2002 and 2010, and also won gold for the country at the 1996 Olympics was said to have declared the money missing in Kalingard, Russia where he was playing in a World Cup Curtain raiser game organised by FIFA.
According to Mirror, Russian police said it was filched by two loaders at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.
Lieutenant colonel Irina Volk, spokeswoman for the Russian Interior Ministry, said the loaders were dealing with the baggage from a London to Moscow flight.
Kanu, travelling on a British passport, had appealed for help to police in Kaliningrad.
“The stolen cash was removed (from the loaders) and will soon be returned to the owner”, she said.
The loaders, aged 30 and 36, face criminal investigation and could be sent to jail for up to six years.
Kanu played alongside ex-Manchester United and England star Wes Brown in a FIFA legends team against a Russian legends side.
The ex-Arsenal man, a former Nigerian international, did not mention the theft in speaking to the media in the Baltic city, where England will play on 28 June.
Kanu represented Nigeria on 87 occasions, scoring a total of 12 goals.
Kanu, who also represented Inter Milan, Ajax, West Brom Portsmouth and Iwuanyanwu Nationale won the African Footballer of the Year in 1996 and 1999.
Source (Mirror UK). Additional information by Olatosimi Fadahunsi