Kanu goes down with Pompey

After 29 years of last playing in the 3rd tier of English football, Portsmouth FC, which has the Nigerian duo of Nwankwo Kanu and Kelvin Etuhu in its fold has been relegated from the Championship to League 1.

Portsmouth’s relegation was confirmed on Saturday evening after they suffered a 2-1 defeat in the hands of Derby County. 

Portsmouth, former FA Cup champions, first went into administration two years ago and was relegated from the Premier League to the second-tier championship that season. 

Their financial problems came to a head in November last year when Russian owner, Vladimir Antonov, was arrested over alleged fraud at a Lithuanian bank. 

With the result from Saturday’s matches, Portsmouth and Coventry City have been relegated to League One after Bristol City beat Barnsley 2-0 at Ashton Gate to preserve their own Championship status.

Pompey was beaten 2-1 at Fratton Park; their home ground.

Kanu’s sojourn

Kanu, who is in his sixth season for Pompey, was a free agent when he left West Brom and first signed for Portsmouth a one-year deal shortly before the start of the 2006–07 season. 

The former Super Eagles skipper made his debut for Portsmouth as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers on 19 August 2006, the opening day of the 2006–2007 Premier League season. He scored twice and missed a penalty. Though Kanu led the top scorers chart early in the season, he had a goal drought for the rest of the season, but still finished as the top goalscorer for Portsmouth, with 12 goals.

In his second season at Portsmouth which could be termed his best, Kanu scored in both the FA Cup 1–0 semi-final win against West Bromwich Albion and the 1–0 win in the final against Cardiff City, earning him a third FA Cup winner’s medal.

It is unclear if Kanu who once starred for Premiership giant, Arsenal FC, will be willing to ply his trade in the 3rd division or call it quit on an illustrious career.


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