Premier League Masters Face African Masters In Charity Football Match



  • proceeds from the match go towards the kanu heart foundation, which aims to build new cardiac centre in nigeria and reduce costly travel for ill children
  • the kanu heart foundation is a charity which helps undepriviledged african children with heart ailments and has funded more than 500 treatments
  • premier league masters to face african all stars at barnet f.c. on sunday 30th september 2018

The Kanu Heart Foundation is a heart non-governmental charity, specialising in providing life-saving heart treatments for children and adults patients in Nigeria and across Africa, and have announced a one-off legends football game to raise money for a new cardiac centre and treatment of patients on the waiting list.

The charity, founded by Arsenal and Nigeria legend Nwankwo Kanu, is aiming to raise $35M to build the new cardiac centre in Abuja, Nigeria, and reduce costly travel and accommodation fees for sick children and their families.

Kicking off on Sunday 30th September 2018 at the HIVE stadium in Barnet, the Petrolex Kanu Cup in association with Masters FootballTM will see fan favourites take to the pitch once more in order to promote the Kanu Heart Foundation.

Having suffered from heart problems throughout his career as a professional footballer, Kanu has first-hand experience of the devastating impact heart disease can have on lives. He will be joined by Jay-Jay Okocha, Teddy Sheringham, Sol Campbell and Robert Pirès, with more big names to be announced in the coming weeks.

His foundation seeks to raise the profile of heart diseases in Africa and increase awareness through education, improving the quality of physical and psychological care for patients and their families and undertaking vital research.

Kanu commented, If I wasn’t lucky enough to have access to such an amazing medical team when I experienced a serious heart defect, I might not be here today. I set up the Kanu Heart Foundation to help others in the same position who are less fortunate

The new cardiac centre in Abuja will help hundreds of people get access to vital heart treatment without having to travel abroad. I am proud that so many amazing ex-pros will be joining me in the Petrolex Masters Cup in association with Masters FootballTM – it will be an amazing day and great help for the charity.

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About the Kanu Heart Foundation

The Kanu Heart Foundation aims to give every African child with a heart defect a new lease of life by bridging the gap in health services that have forced patients to travel outside of Africa for treatment.

The foundation has already helped more than 500 children and needs to raise $35M to build a new Cardiac Centre in Abuja to reduce costly travel and accommodation fees for sick children and their families.

Additionally, the foundation seeks to raise the profile of heart diseases in Africa and improve awareness through education, improving the quality of physical and psychological care for patients and their families, undertaking vital research and building a population-based heart disease database to be added to global data.

For more information on the Kanu Heart Foundation, please visit: KHF


About Nwankwo Kanu

Nwankwo Kanu is an ex-Arsenal and Nigeria football legend, having won an Olympic gold medal with his country, a UEFA Champions League title with Ajax and two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with Arsenal. He was also awarded African Player of the Year on two occasions.

Kanu has suffered from heart conditions during his career, including major surgery to replace an aortic valve in 1996.

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