He said that it was through talent hunts that quality players could be spotted for the various national teams.
“The prospect for quality players for the country is bright if regular talent hunts are organized in various parts of the country,” Kanu said..
He said he was interested in fresh talents because of the need to get good successors who would uplift Nigeria’s image beyond “the little I and my colleagues in the national team have done’’.
The skipper said that talents abound in the country, and that they were only looking for a platform to launch themselves.
He added: “I will like to see some of these talents here today play for big international clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Portsmouth and others, as well as the national team.’’
Kanu lauded Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra for the talent hunt initiative and other programmes for sports development in the state.
Meanwhile, more than 20,000 players turned out for the programme, following the rescheduling of their sessional examination to enable them to participate in the talent hunt.
Mrs Chinwe Anowai, the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, told NAN that she was impressed with the large turnout.
However, Anowai admitted that they did not anticipate the large number, but that they were doing everything possible to ensure that the aspirations of the youth were met.
Sincerely speaking, we did not anticipate such a mammoth turnout. We have made exigency arrangement for water and light refreshments to take care of them,’’ she said.