Henry Nwosu's biography: Football career, and where is he now?

Henry Nwosu's biography: Football career, and where is he now?

Kenneth Mwenda
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:15 PM

Henry Nwosu's biography is filled with thrilling moments during his youthful days with the Super Eagles. The Nigerian international rose to prominence after winning the Africa Cup of Nations at a young age, a feat that is still unrivaled in the country. The former midfielder is also the elder brother of former Arsenal forward Nwankwo Kanu.

Henry Nwosu's biography: Football career, and where is he now?
Former Super Eagles star, Henry Nwosu. Photo: @pmparrotng, @MobilePunch (Modified by Author)
Source: Twitter

He is a former Super Eagles midfielder who played in a number of several teams in west Africa in his career. He later became a coach after retirement.

Profile summary

Full Name

Henry Nwosu


59, as of October 2022



Date of Birth

June 14, 1963

Place of Birth


Zodiac Sign



Soccer Player/ Coach



Former clubs

New Nigeria Bank, African Continental Bank, ASEC Mimosas FC, Racing FC Bafoussam



Parents Name


Spouse Name





Christopher Kanu , Anderson Kanu and Nwankwo Kanu

Net worth

Around $1.5 million

Henry Nwosu's age

He was born on June 14th 1963, in Imo State, Nigeria. He is currently (October 2022) 59 years old.

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Henry Nwosu's career stats

Henry Nwosu's biography
Former Nigerian football star, Henry Nwosu. Photo: @OkporEmeka (Modified by Author).
Source: UGC

He spent his career at home with the New Nigeria Bank (NNB) of Benin City and the African Continental Bank (ACB) of Lagos. He also played for Ivory Coast's ASEC Mimosas F.C. and Cameroon's Racing FC Bafoussam.

A gifted midfielder, he was the youngest member of the Super Eagles victorious 1980 African Nations Cup squad and scored Nigeria's only goal at the 1980 Olympics. He holds the record for being the youngest Nigerian player to win the African Cup of Nations, a feat he accomplished before turning 17 in 1980.

Because of the windfall from the Nations Cup victory (the players each received a house in Festac Town) and the amount of money he was making, Nwosu became known in football circles as the "youngest millionaire." He also competed in 1982, 1984, and 1988 tournaments, finishing second in the latter two. His final game for Nigeria was in 1991.

Coaching Profession

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he assisted former Super Eagles teammate Samson Siasia, who led Nigeria to a silver medal. He also assisted Onigbinde in leading the Super Eagles to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan.

Nwosu was named coach of the Nigerian U-17 team on September 27, 2008. However, he was fired in April 2009 following a string of poor results in preparation for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

According to sources, he was hired as coach of Union Bank F.C. that August. He was named coach of Abeokuta club Gateway United F.C. in October 2013 and remained there until the end of the 2014/2015 season.

Henry Nwosu's net worth

The net worth of Henry Nwosu is estimated to be $1.5 million. His primary career as a football player and later a manager, has netted him a fortune.

Henry Nwosu's family

At the age of 19, Nwosu had his first son with a woman he met after secondary school. The couple did not marry. Years later, he married and had three sons and a daughter.

Nwosu is the brother of ex-international, Nwankwo Kanu. He was a close friend of the late Sam Okwaraji, who died after congestive heart failure during a match against Algeria in 1989 at the 77th minute of the game.

Henry Nwosu ailing from a stroke

In late October 2022, news broke on the internet that Nwosu had suffered a stroke and was in urgent need of medical attention. In a social media post, Harrison Jalla, Chairman of the Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria (PFAN) Task Force, drew attention to Nwosu's condition.

Jalla insisted that Nigerians come to the ex-international player and coach's aid so that he could overcome the ailment that had confined him to a bed. According to the latest news, he pleaded with sports stakeholders to rally around Nwosu in his hour of need.

Henry Nwosu's biography will live on in the minds of many football fans on the continent, as a result of his unbroken record. His success has influenced a number of Nigerian stars, including his own brothers. He is also one of the most illustrious Super Eagles players in history.

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Kenneth Mwenda is a business and sports writer with over five years of experience. At Sportsbrief, he contributes to writing biographies and listicles.