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Daniel Kanu in action for Sierra Leone in the 2-0 defeat to Egypt

Charlton Athletic striker Daniel Kanu on his Sierra Leone debut 

On Sunday, Cheltenham striker Daniel Kanu came off the bench with 30 minutes remaining against Mo Salah’s Egypt in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification as Sierra Leone suffered a 2-0 defeat – an admirable result considering they finished with nine men and played with ten men for 60 minutes.

Kanu, who joined Southern United on a short-term loan from Charlton Athletic on 6 October 2023, was pleased with the International experience.

“It was an honour to make my debut for my country – something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I really enjoyed the opportunity to play at such a big stage being the World Cup qualifiers,” Kanu to Football Sierra Leone.

“My debut means a lot to me as a player as it created a memory to cherish for a long time. I wish to create more memories as I continue representing the country. 

On His development 

“The aim right now is to continue to develop as a player – to be able to give more and more for my team and the country.

It was my first time away representing my nation, so I was very excited and optimistic about what was to come. I was welcomed very well by all the players and staff – they all made me feel at home.”

He added, “I enjoyed being around the team as there was such a great vibe about them. Overall, it was a great experience as I’m very proud and grateful to have been blessed with the opportunity.”

The 5ft 11in attacker joined Charlton Athletic at U11 level and penned his first professional contract in February 2022.

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