Reno Omokri claims British fans mistook him for Kanu because of his braids

Reno Omokri claims British fans mistook him for Kanu because of his braids

- Reno Omokri grew up in the UK and according to him, he wore braids as a youth

- The former aide to ex-president Jonathan claims British fans occasionally mistook him for Kanu Nwankwo

- Kanu spent six seasons with Premier League club Arsenal

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Reno Omokri has disclosed that he had to stop braiding his hair in 2003 after British fans mistook him for former Super Eagles and Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu.

Kanu who spent six seasons with the Gunners between 1998 and 2004 made 197 appearances for the club scoring 43 goals in all competitions.

The former Nigerian international was famous for his stunning braided hair during his spell at the north London club and Omokri, a former aide to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, who lived in the UK during Kanu’s spell at Highbury stadium claims British fans occasionally mistook him for the star player.

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“I had to stop braiding my hair after Arsenal won a game in 2003 and British fans saw me and began giving me money and bought drinks for me," Omokri began in a Facebook post.

“They thought I was Kanu Nwankwo. And then I thought to myself, what if Arsenal had lost? They would have given me the beating of a lifetime.

“The next day, I loosened my hair! In England, people almost always bet on football, so when their team loses and you look like the player that did not score it will be a case of ‘with gratitude to God for a life well spent."

Reno Omokri claims British fans mistook him for Kanu Nwankwo because of his braids
Reno Omokri claims British fans mistook him for ex-Arsenal star Kanu. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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At Arsenal, Kanu went on to win 2 Premier League titles, 2 FA Cups and one FA Community Shield. He was also part of the team that reached the final of the UEFA Cup during the 1999-2000 season.

Kanu retired from active football in 2012 and the 44-year-old left a legacy on the pitch to carry on with his good works.

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