Pompey star quit rumours denied

Carrying on: Kanu
Carrying on: Kanu
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Kanu is not about to announce his retirement.

The Pompey striker has moved to dismiss suggestions he is set to hang up his boots.

Reports surfaced yesterday that the ageless striker was calling time on his career.

They emerged in Nigeria, where Kanu is preparing to take part in a testimonial game after retiring from international duty last year.

The stories of him quitting follow on from internet rumours the man, who made 34 appearances for the Blues last season, was about to walk away from football.

But Kanu has no intentions of bringing his 17-year career to a close.

He is contracted to Pompey until the end of the 2012-13 campaign, after signing a new three-year deal last year.

The player’s legal representative, Samuel Okoronkwo, moved swiftly to shoot down the suggestion Kanu is about to retire.

Okoronkwo promised the African great would be remaining at Pompey as they bid to make an impact in the Championship next season.

He said: ‘Kanu is currently under contract at Portsmouth Football Club until the 2012-13 season.

‘Thus far there is no intention to terminate that contract early due to his retirement.

‘He has also not expressed any wish to retire mid-term.

‘I can only surmise that they (the reports) are a product of some overzealous reporting.

‘In any event, I can confirm that Kanu has not retired from football.’

A host of huge African stars are turning out to raise money for Kanu in his charity game tomorrow.

The Friends of Kanu are taking on a Nigeria all-stars side in Lagos.

The likes of Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Adebayor, Michael Essien and George Weah are all due to play.