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Kanu denies qutting Nigeria

June 30, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu insists he was misquoted when confirming his international retirement and says he has yet to make a decision.

Nwankwo Kanu
GettyImagesNwankwo Kanu has denied confirming his international retirement

Kanu quits Nigeria

"I never told anybody that I was quitting international football," the 33-year-old told the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) website. "Of course, I remember the question being posed as we left the mixed zone after the match in Durban (against South Korea).

"All I did say was that I would first go on a holiday with my family and think over everything. It would be my decision."

Kanu was also quoted as saying he would never work with the NFF again in a separate report. "That report is mischievous. I never spoke to anyone about not wanting to work with the federation. My brother, I have been in the national team for the past 16 years and I know the difference between white and black.

"The present NFF leadership has done a lot - they have been committed, energetic and forthright, and have shown they have the interests of the players at heart. Surely, there is room for improvement as we go forward, but life is about learning and putting those lessons into use for future good."