"I was a fan of Ajax when Kanu was there, back when I never thought I'd even be leaving Nigeria. I followed them when he was in Holland and I can't believe I've ended up playing in the same club team as him. It's a dream come true."
In return, Utaka convinced Kanu to remain at the club and form a formidable strike partnership.
"I told him I'd like him to stay," he said. "Kanu knows the way I play and I know the way he plays, so it makes things easier."