"He congratulated me on my goal and told me that if I keep going I will be one of the best strikers in the world," said Adebayor, who as a young footballer in Togo idolised Kanu.
"He said I have to keep believing in my quality, and keep doing what I love most, which is enjoying myself on the pitch.
"He has always told me that the most important thing is to keep enjoying it."
Adebayor added: "He is my idol, my brother, my godfather, the one I look up to, and the one I want to be like.
"I am pleased to be where I am today, so I can play against him. He gives me advice every day - he is older than me and gives me experience I don't have. He has been African Footballer of the Year twice, won Olympic gold, won the African Cup of Nations with Nigeria and the title with Arsenal."