Man City's Adebayor thrilled with praise from hero Kanu

Emmanuel Adebayor admits his matchwinning performance for Manchester City at Portsmouth was extra special because it was done in front of hero Nwankwo Kanu.

Emmanuel Adebayor admits his matchwinning performance for Manchester City at Portsmouth was extra special because it was done in front of hero Nwankwo Kanu.

"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."