Thierry Henry Crowned ‘The Igwe of Football’
Former Arsenal and France international striker Thierry Henry who is in Lagos for the Guinness Made of Black programme has been crowned the, Igwe of football’ in Nigeria.
Henry who is in Lagos to meet the ‘Be a Front Row Fan’ winners; a consumer promotion of the company also watched the West Brom v Manchester United EPL game at Landmark Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The 40-year-old Frenchman retired from football in 2014. Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has ranked former teammate Nwankwo Kanu the best player in the history of African football in terms of technique, adding that it was a privilege to play with him for five years.
The 1998 World Cup winner was speaking at the Landmark Events, ‘Watch a Match with Thierry Henry’, which was also attended by ex-Nigeria internationals Victor Ikpeba, Peter Rufai, Mutiu Adepoju, Finidi George, and Austin Eguavoen.
”Happy to be first time in Nigeria, I have met with Kanu, Ikpeba, they always say you have to go (Nigeria) they love the game there, I knew that for a fact, I grew up watching the Super Eagles that in 1994 and before that a lot of Nigerians played in France, Siasia, late Stephen Keshi,” Henry told reporters.
”When those guys played that was how I knew Nigeria but they played in France and did well and the Super Eagles backed it up in 1994 World Cup.”
Henry added : ”Kanu is always happy, positive. He was really good, very good. Everyone knew it. He was very calm, just unbelievable. It was a privilege playing with him.”
Henry and former African Footballer of the Year Victor Ikpeba were teammates at Ligue 1 club Monaco for six years, 1993 to 1999.