Kanu thrilled with Nigeria's Afcon qualification

The two-time African Footballer of the Year has hailed the Super Eagles' performances after their 6-1 thrashing of Liberia booked their place in next year's tournament

EXCLUSIVE by Kolade Oni

Former Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu expressed his delight after Nigeria qualified for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Kanu was present at the U.J Esuene Stadium where the Super Eagles thrashed Liberia 6-1 to book their place in next year's tournament in South Africa.

The former Ajax and Inter striker revealed he was thrilled to have watched his side's victory in person, particularly after they narrowly missed out on a spot in the previous finals.

The 36-year-old told Goal.com: "It is an honour to witness this match.

"It was an emphatic win and I will advise all those that made the ticket to the Nations Cup not to relax until the Eagles make a meaningful impact at the tournament, and also grab a World Cup slot too."

Kanu made 87 appearances for the Nigeria national side, and was part of the team which finished as runners-up in the tournament in 2000. He is currently without a club after leaving Portsmouth earlier this year.