African stars past and present set for Kanu charity fundraiser in Lagos

KING Kanu and David Cotterill celebrate the Nigeria star's goal against Barnsley this season
KING Kanu and David Cotterill celebrate the Nigeria star's goal against Barnsley this season
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Some of Africa’s finest players are turning out for Pompey hero Kanu this weekend in his testimonial.

But the Blues striker is not set to retire from football.

HERO Liberia star George Weah during his AC Milan days

HERO Liberia star George Weah during his AC Milan days

The Friends of Kanu will take on Nigeria this Saturday in Lagos in a charity fundraiser.

That sparked internet rumours he was about to hang up his boots, which are wide of the mark.

Kanu still has two years on his existing Pompey contract, taking him up to 2013.

A galaxy of stars will turn out for the man who is seen as arguably the biggest name to play football on the continent, though.

The line-up reads like a past and present who’s who of players to emerge from Africa, underlining the esteem with which Kanu is held.

Real Madrid star Emmanuel Adebayor is a confirmed player who will turn out at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, where a crowd of 25,000 is expected to turn out.

He is set to be joined by Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien as well as his Stamford Bridge team-mate Didier Drogba.

Former Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly is due to feature, while ex-AC Milan striker and former world player of the year George Weah has agreed to play.

Continuing the heavy Chelsea influence will be retired Dutch international Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

But there will also be a presence from north London, with Arsenal defenders Emmanuel Eboue and Alex Song confirmed.

Other big hitters such as Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o and ex-Leeds and South Africa captain Lucas Radebe, will also give their support to the Pompey front-man.