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13 goals in 87 games : This player failed with the Super Eagles and should never be called a legend

The debate of who is the greatest Nigerian player ever has dominated the media for few weeks now and Nigerians have been devided over the topic. 

However out of the list of greats players who have represented Nigeria, only one name surprisingly was constant in the media and it is Kanu Nwankwo.

Kanu Nwakwo was a great servant and ambassador for the country during his playing days, but many have failed to realised that most of his achievements are with his European clubs and his Super Eagles career was underwhelming. 

While the former Arsenal man enjoyed success with the country at the U-17 and U-23 level, Kanu however failed to hit a big height for the senior national team as he could only managed 13 goals in 87 appearances for the Super Eagles, including just 2 goals in his last 31 matches between 2006-2011.

The two time African footballer of the winner also failed to score in any major tournament for the Super Eagles, despite playing in African Cup of Nations, and his best was four assists in 22 AFCON game. 

Kanu also failed to find the back of the net for Nigeria at the three FIFA world cup he attended, he was awful at France 98, struggled with injury in Korea/Japan 2002 where he played few minutes and also played a cameo role in 2010 edition .

Despite spending 17 years with the Super Eagles, Papilo is also behind players like Obinna Nsofor, Julius Aghahowa, Yakubu Aiyegbemi, Samson Siasia, Austine Okocha,, Obafemi Martins, Ikechukwu Uche, Segun Odegbami and Rashidi Yekini in all time scoring chart. 

The 43 year old Owerri born player also didn't lift any major trophy with the Super Eagles, except for Olympic gold medal he won with U-23 in Atlanta 96.

His failure to perform at the major tournament for has now brought his legendary status under scrutiny . 

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