Vieira, Henry Also To Grace March 14 Event In Abuja
Brazil football legend and three-time FIFA World best player, Ronaldo Luis Nazario De Lima, is top among the list of world football personalities slated to grace the official launching of the N5billion Kanu Heart Foundation Cardiac Hospital Center slated to hold at the Transcorp Hotel, Abuja come March 14, 2013, organizers have revealed.
Ronaldo won the FIFA World Best Player of The Year in 1996, 1997 and 2002 among other awards and will be making his first visit to Nigeria come March 14, 2013.
Also billed to be part of the event include Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, Inter Milan of Italy President Massimo Moratti and Papilo’s former team-mates at the London Gunners club, Patrick Vieira and Thiery Henry.
“These are just a few of the big names in world football who will grace the launching on March 14 in Abuja”,states Pastor Onyebuchi Abia, Secretary Kanu Heart Foundation Advisory board.
“We have already dispatched their letters of invitation while Papilo himself travelled to South Africa with letters for some of Africa’s best footballers who will also attend the event.
“Such players include Didier Drogba among others."
“Don’t forget Vieira and Thiery Henry were Kanu’s team-mates at Arsenal. Massimo Moratti was President of Inter Milan who signed Kanu in the club in 1996 after the Atlanta Olympic Games."
“So it's going to be a great occasion with the target of raising N5 billion to build what is a model cardiac hospital in the country, only the second in the continent after the one in Sudan,” Abia explained.
The project, he further explained, will be completed in six months if funds are available, adding that it will have diagnostic centers in all the geo-political zones of the country.