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#KanuCup Charity Football Match in aid of The Kanu Heart Foundation

Former Arsenal and Nigeria international footballer Nwankwo Kanu has announced a one-off legends charity match at The Hive London, taking place this Sunday 30th September with ex Arsenal team mates Sol Campbell, Lauren and Robert Pirès who are just a few named to play in this star studded game.


Arsenal and Nigeria legend Kanu has teamed up with Masters Football to produce The Petrolex Kanu Cup in aid of The Kanu Heart Foundation. KHF is a charity that provides life-saving heart treatments in Nigeria and across Africa and receives no funding from the government. Since it's launch in 2000, the foundation has raised vital funds through events such as this which have helped over 500 patients undergo the open-heart surgeries they've required.

Founded by Nwankwo Kanu who has experienced heart problems himself throughout his professional footballing career, now retired he aims (with the help of his former team mates, colleagues, friends and yourselves) to raise $35 million to build the new cardiac centre in Abuja, Nigeria where they can successfully treat those in need and avoid costly travel and accommodation fees for sick children and their families.

I also have a heart condition, Postural Tachycardia Syndrome or PoTS for short. I'm grateful for the management unit I'm under which I believe is one of the best in the UK - The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. I realise how difficult a heart condition could be to manage without access to specialist help. The Kanu Cup match is in aid of a great cause. Please show your support on the day - Helen Kotonias

The players;

Kanu's footballing career highlights include winning an Olympic gold medal with his country, a UEFA Champions League title with Ajax, two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with Arsenal and he was also awarded African Player of the Year on two occasions.

Premier League Masters XI Vs The African Masters

Premier League Masters:

Jens Lehmann, Nigel Winterburn, Sol Campbell, William Gallas, Pascal Chimbonda, Steve McManaman, Robert Pirès, Jonathan Greening, David Thompson, Teddy Sheringham, Louis Saha and Emile Heskey.

African Masters: Rami Shaaban, Lauren, Emmanuel Eboue, Danny Shittu, Christopher Kanu, Quinton fortune, Eric Djemba-Djemba, Jay Jay Okocha, Yakubu, Lomana Lua Lua and Kanu.

So don't miss this opportunity to see some legendary players lace up their boots and come together once more in aid of The Kanu Heart Foundation.


The event will take place on Sunday 30th September at The Hive London, home of 'The Bees' Barnet FC. Kick-off at 3pm. It will be a great family day out, there's still time for you to get tickets to attended. Standard tickets are priced at £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and under 14's go for £5. To purchase match day tickets click here: The Petrolex Kanu Cup

VIP tickets which include’s meeting the players at the after party please contact the Masters Football office on 0208 952 9525 or email with your enquiry.


Competition to win tickets

HKC are giving away a pair of tickets to the Petrolex Kanu Cup at Barnet FC's home ground 'The Hive' stadium, this Sunday 30th September. To enter the competition, look out for my social media post on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram & answer this question:

Q.) 'Kanu believe it!' Kanu scored 3 goals within the final 15 minutes of a match at Stanford Bridge against Chelsea (who hadn't conceded a goal at home and were leading 2-0 up until this point), knocking the home team out of the FA Cup when the Arsenal striker scored the hatrick, but which year was this?

*T&C's apply, I will pick a winner and DM to exchange details so you can claim your tickets.

*Competition entries have to be over the age of 18 and attendees must either be 18 or one under the age stated must attend with an adult. You must produce the tickets for entry to the ground on the day.

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