AFCON 2023: Nwankwo Kanu Celebrates as Super Eagles Clinch Quarterfinal Spot, Video

AFCON 2023: Nwankwo Kanu Celebrates as Super Eagles Clinch Quarterfinal Spot, Video

Byron Pillay
updated at January 28, 2024 at 12:48 PM
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  • Nwankwo Kanu was in high spirits as he watched Nigeria beat Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations
  • Kanu was spotted dancing in front of his television and shouting 'believe' every time Nigeria scored
  • Kanu made over 70 appearances for the Super Eagles, but really made a name for himself at Arsenal

Nwankwo Kanu is on cloud nine at the moment.

The Nigerian legend is still on a high after the Super Eagles booked their spot in the quarterfinal of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Nwankwo Kanu was thrilled as Nigeria booked their place in the quarterfinals of AFCON.
Nwankwo Kanu is going viral for his celebrations as Nigeria beat Cameroon in AFCON. Image: @umar__farruk.
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Kanu was glued to his screen during the game, cheering on his side as they took on Cameroon in the round of 16.

The centre forward loved what he saw from the side, and even took to X to share videos of his celebrations during the two goals.

In the videos, which have since gone viral, Kanu can be seen jumping around in front of the TV and dancing. He is also heard shouting 'believe' continuously.

How Nigeria beat Cameroon

The Super Eagles booked their place in the next round after they beat Cameroon 2-0.

As noted by The Guardian, Ademola Lookman scored a brace that helped his side pick up an impressive victory.

Cameroon provided very little threat during the game, as they mustered no shots on target and won just one corner. Nigeria kept their third clean sheet of the tournament as a result and will meet Angola in the next round.

Kanu's impressive career for club and country

As noted by Transfermarkt, Kanu made 76 appearances for the Super Eagles, scoring nine goals and notching up four assists.

He had a much more impressive showing at club level as he scored 44 goals in 197 games for Arsenal. He also enjoyed relatively lengthy spells at Portsmouth FC in England and Ajax Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Kanu explained how AFCON affected Arsenal game time

Super Eagles striker Nwakwo Kanu explained how playing in the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations affected his game time at Arsenal FC.

The Nigerian forward represented the national team between 1994 and 2010, making 76 appearances in total, Sports Brief previously reported.

He was also part of Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ team that won the English Premier League in the 2003/04 season without losing a game.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.