EP 241 – Kanu Nwankwo – How Setbacks Are Opportunities In Disguise


September 17, 2018 by Tola

By far one of my favourite ever Nigerian footballers. Kanu Nwankwo was a beauty to behold. More importantly for every young athlete his career showed that opportunities in sport can come in any way.

Imagine enjoying your sport, being an Olympic Champion and a nation’s pride only to have it all almost ripped away due to a heart defect.

Many athletes have injuries, broken bones which can heal, torn tendons which can be replaced but its not like you can just replace a heart.

Kanu had a heart defect that required surgery and it changed his career forever. He enjoyed his best football after the discovery.

So, what injury have you had or what setback has come your way, trust me if Kanu could overcome a heart challenge then I don’t think anything is beyond you. Opportunities in sport arise when we least expect them but its the brave and bold that take advantage and make a lasting difference.

On this episode of Athlete Maestro, we look at the career of arguably Nigeria’s most famous footballer and the lessons you can learn from him.

Remember, knowing is not enough you must apply, willing is not enough you must do.

Listen below and get in touch if you have any questions tola@athletemaestro.com


  • Why opportunities in sport come in all ways.
  • How influential your coach can be.
  • The secret to focusing on the fundamentals.
  • and more

I have a Free Email Course to help you build your mental toughness like the elite athletes. Join that Free Course Here. Its completely FREE.


Tell Your Friends & Share Online!

Subscribe & Review:  iTunes | Stitcher | Soundcloud | TuneIn

Your few words counts and help us get the message out to more athletes

Use the hashtag #athletemaestro to join the conversation on social media

Athlete MaestroTOLA OGUNLEWE

Tola Ogunlewe is a Sports Performance Coach, Sports Lawyer, Father and the creator of Athlete Maestro.

He is a real world mentor to young athletes.

If you’re ready to learn how to make the most of your talent, become the athlete you were meant to be, achieve self mastery, deliberate practice and create you own path to success in sports, join us and he’ll show you how.

Become a maestro.

Are you struggling to keep track of your performances?

Improving as an athlete would only happen when you know whats working and whats not. That's where this guide comes in. Learn exactly how elite athletes analyse their performances and make progress.

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

About the author 

Tola Ogunlewe

Tola Ogunlewe is a Sports Performance Coach and Sports Lawyer

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}
Subscribe to get the latest updates