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Jay-Jay Okocha

Augustine Azuka Okocha, commonly known as Jay Jay Okocha, born on the 14th of August 1973 in Enugu, Nigeria. He is a former Nigerian footballer, who played as an offensive midfielder. Okocha was known for his good shooting technique from free-kicks, but especially for his outstanding technical ability.

His frequently used trick in which he flicks the ball over his head by using his heel, was named after him. Okocha is often regarded as one of the best African players of his generation.

Jay Jay Okocha

Club Career

In 1990, as a youth player, Okocha switched from Nigerian club Enugu Rangers to the then third division German club Borussia Neunkirchen. There he made his league debut as a 17-year-old and in his first season in Neunkirchen his dribbling and goals, usually from more than 30 yards, brought plenty of excitement to the Oberliga West.

 None of this escaped former coach of league rivals Eintracht Trier, Dragoslav Stepanović who steered him to Frankfurt in 1992, where his spectacular dribblings catapulted him into the headlines.

 Notable was his 3:1 goal against Karlsruher SC in the Bundesliga on the 31st of August 1993, where Jay Jay Okocha dribbled past the opposing defenders several times, as well as goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn, before putting the ball in the back of the net. This was voted goal of the year by German TV viewers.

 After Eintracht Frankfurt was relegated into second Bundesliga in 1996, Okocha transferred to Turkish first division club Fenerbahce during which he took Turkish citizenship for $22 million before he moved to PSG 1998.

In 2002, Jay Jay Okocha made the switch to Premier League club Bolton Wanderers, where he managed 124 appearances and 14 goals. He was voted BBC African player of the year in 2003 and 2004.

 When Bolton decided not to extend the Nigerian's contract in 2006, he spent a year in Qatar before signing a one year contract with the Championship Club Hull City for the 2007/08 season, with whom he achieved promotion into the Premier League.

 Nigeria

In 1994, 1998, and 2002, he participated (Super Eagles) at the World Cup for the Nigerian national football team. Particularly in 1994 and 1998 Okocha and Nigeria ensured excitement and managed to reach the knockout stages at each occasion.

 His biggest international successes with the Nigerian National team include winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 and the Olympic gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.

 At the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004 Okocha led the Super Eagles to third place and was also voted the best player of the tournament. He was also top scorer with four goals.

 In 2004 the World Football Association added Jay Jay Okocha to the FIFA 100 the list of 125 greatest living footballers. On the 9th of February 2006 during the Africa Cup of Nations, Okocha played his last game for the National team, for which he played 73 times and scored 14 goals.

By Editor K 11/12/2015 07:29:00
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