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Monday 12 May 2008 22:40:00
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Kanu says helping Pompey win the FA Cup on Saturday would be a new highlight of an honour-laden career.

The man whose goal got the Blues to the final says he feels like he is in a dream as he prepares to lead the line for Pompey against Cardiff at Wembley.

'I am very happy because we all dreamt of reaching the final and now our dream is coming true,' said the striker, who, like Sol Campbell and Lauren, has been an FA Cup winner with Arsenal.

'I have won a lot of things in my life but I am looking forward to it and winning would be special. I am proud of my medals but it is usually when you play in the biggest teams that you get them. Winning the FA Cup with Arsenal is expected but nobody expects it at Portsmouth.

'The Champions League is my biggest medal but because of the history and tradition the FA Cup means a lot to me. When you come to England the first thing you are told about is the FA Cup. Nobody can tell you what it means but once you start playing for the first time you know what it means.'

Kanu's honours list includes the 1995 Champions League with Ajax and two Premier League titles and two previous FA Cup successes with the Gunners.

His passion for further silverware is fueled by memories of the heart defect which threatened to end his career before it had truly begun 12 years ago. Kanu was advised by doctors he would never play again after undergoing life-saving surgery while at Inter Milan but has recovered to become Africa's most recognised star.

Kanu says his brush with death means he will be free of fear when he leads Pompey in front of 90,000 on Saturday.

'What I have been through is bigger than anything else that has happened in my football career,' he said. 'After being in surgery for four or five hours, nothing scares me in life anymore. Saturday is just two sets of players trying to win a match.

'We have done brilliantly to get to the final and winning at Manchester United was a special day. We know we cannot disappoint our supporters now. All we have achieved this season will mean nothing if we do not bring home the trophy to Portsmouth.

'Cardiff are the underdogs but we know we have a job to do and have to stay focused. Winning is the most important thing.'

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