Kanu talks about his goal drought


Kanu's first Nations Cup appearance was at the 2000 finals co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana where the Super Eagles lost in the Final to Cameroon in Lagos.

He was subsequently involved in the 2002, 2004 and 2006 editions without finding the back of the net, and walked out of an interview in 2004 when the question was put to him.

But in a frank chat with Kick Off, Kanu spoke openly about what has always been a sensitive minefield in interviews with him.

"I don't have any problems with scoring or not scoring. Goals are not a problem for me. If it comes, it comes and if it doesn't come, I will not kill myself."

Next year's edition will almost certainly be the Portsmouth striker's continental swansong, and there will be huge expectations on him to break his duck, but Kanu says he will be a relaxed man going to Ghana.

"My dream is to go there and win the Cup with my team mates. We have plenty of quality players who have the ability to score goals. If the ball comes to me in a good position, of course I will do my best to score, but I will not be selfish and attempt to score when there is somebody in a better position just because I want my name there that I scored a Nations Cup goal.

"My dream, and the dream of every player who will be going there is for us to win the Cup. Football is a team game, and if Kanu does not score and Nigeria wins the Cup, is it not better than for Kanu to score and Nigeria comes home in the first round?"

Kanu, who has enjoyed a new lease of life with Portsmouth, warned that the Eagles' biggest mistake would be to underrate any opponent.

"People look at Benin and think they will be easy. Or Mali and say we have beaten them before. But you have to respect everybody you play against, because whether you like it or not, they earned the right to be there just like you, and that means they can surprise you if you don't give them their respect."

Nigeria has been grouped along with Ivory Coast, Mali and Benin.