Several Ghanaian players joined over 14,000 fans to pay tribute to former Nigeria captain Nwankwo Kanu during a lively testimonial game in Lagos.
Stephen Appiah, Micahel Essien, Sulley Muntari, Sammy Kuffuor and Tony Baffoe all turned up on Saturday during the game in Lagos.
While all were in action, Essien’s ankle knock prevented him from playing but he turned up to pay tribute to one of Africa’s greatest talents.
The Portsmouth forward, a two-time African Player of the Year, was retiring from international football after 16 years.
Fans defied early rain to attend the star-studded game in which the Super Eagles beat a Rest of the World XI 3-1.
Samuel Eto’o, Emmanuel Adebayor, Sulley Muntari, Rigobert Song and Emmanuel Eboue all appeared.
The 34-year-old Kanu played for both sides and scored for the Super Eagles side that included Danny Shittu, Kalu Uche and Yakubu Ayegbeni.
Fittingly, it was Kanu who scored the opening goal of the game as he calmly beat Peterside Idah, the former South Africa-based goalkeeper.
Essien travelled to France immediately after the match for Didier Drogba’s wedding in Monaco.