Date: 25th August 2007 at 10:25am
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Whatever the opinion on Kanu, which I know is – or at least was – split by many, his pulling power among African footballers, let alone simply Nigerian footballers cannot be questioned.

As we all know it is thanks in no small part to Kanu that John Utaka is here at Pompey now and I am over the moon that the fella is.

The whole process with Kanu and his contract signing was so drawn out and it did wind me up no end, but I was always of the belief that whatever was best for Pompey is what I wanted – but anyway this is not something we need to talk about anymore, this chapter has been written.

I was watching some of the video clips of PFCtv yesterday and I came across one where Harry Redknapp was talking about Kanu and how he is regarded as a ‘King’ among the Nigerians, which he is – there is also a classic one where he is doing the press conference following the Bolton game when his son Jamie calls him, he answers the phone and they have a debate about Kanu’s age after Jamie had questioned it, which I must admit I am still not sure he is only 31 to be honest.

Utaka acknowledged the role Kanu had played in his wanting to sign – before he even joined, doing so again after he did, but with him now making waves, particularly after his blinding solo effort against Bolton last week, he has earned himself a full page spread in Daily Mail online version, where he does so again – click here.

It has not taken Utaka long to establish himself among the fans, which it does not often take any player in fairness, but he has every chance of becoming one of the signings of the season. Lets just hope he can continue his fine early season form with another brilliant display against Chelsea today.

One thing we have to remember though, we must get the name right, as he said himself in the interview with the Daily Mail ‘it is pronounced “Ooh-taka”. I’ve had “Youtaka” but that is not right’.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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