British rapper Big Narstie has admitted his blunder mixing up Nigeria’s most decorated footballer, Nwankwo Kanu with new tennis sensation Emma Raducanu.
Earlier this month, the teenager appeared in Sports Direct’s Christmas advert alongside Manchester City’s midfielder Jack Grealish and a host of other sport stars.
Rapper Big Narstie also appeared in the clip, where he expected to come across former Arsenal striker Kanu following a rather embarrassing mix-up.
In a report by Mail Online, The TV show host revealed he had agreed to feature on the Christmas ad as he wanted to meet the Nigerian, but was left surprised when the US Open champion showed up instead.
‘They said, “Yeah you’re gonna be with Kanu” so I’m like, “This is gonna be lit”,’ he said on Channel 4’s ‘The Big Narstie Show’, according to The Sun.
‘I’m in this ting now’ and I was like, “Where’s Kanu?” And you know it was a girl.’
‘Do you know how mad I was bruv? It was this girl, she’s a big superstar tennis player.
‘I didn’t hear the Emma Radu part, all I heard was Kanu.’
Raducanu developed into tennis’ latest sensation in September, when she became the first British women to win a Grand Slam tournament since Virginia Wade triumphed at Wimbledon in 1977 after beating Bianca Andreescu in the US Open final.
The win propelled the 18-year-old to break into the world’s top-25, but Raducanu has struggled for form since.
A gold medallist with Nigeria at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Kanu spent 14 seasons in England with Arsenal, West Bromwich and Portsmouth winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.
Now a Unicef goodwill ambassador, the Nigerian also won the Champions League with Ajax and the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan.