March 6, 2012

Jay Jay Okocha - So Good They Name Him Twice

Augustine Azuka ( Jay-Jay ) Okocha who was born August 14 ,1973 in Enugu ( same day as my mom inequity year though is a Nigerian footballer who currently plays for Hull city in the lower league in England a move which was completed in 2007. Nicknamed Jay-Jay for his piquant and Flamboyant style of play.

Okocha was playing football at the age of just 16 for his first club, Rangers international of Enugu, before a opportunity encounter whilst on holiday in Germany launched his international career. Okocha tried out for fourth department club Borussia Neunkirchen and they snapped him up.

Via Saarbrucken, he went on to join Eintracht Frankfurt in December 1991 - still before his 18th birthday - where he was to explode on to the Bundesliga scene.




Five years on, he moved to Turkey to play for Fenerbahce where he gained Champions League contact (notably in a shock win against Manchester United at Old Trafford) and hero worship in Istanbul.

In 1998, Jay-Jay became the most high-priced African player ever with his £14million move to Paris St Germain.

After finding out his covenant with the French giants Okocha was available on a free replacement - hence the rumoured £3.3million-a-year wages he was rumoured to be demanding. It is testament to Allardyce's negotiation skills that he was able to convince the midfielder to drop his high demands and join the Barclaycard Premiership outfit.

He has played at the 1994 ,1998 ( where he was named in the tournament best Xi ) , and 2002 Fifa world cup and many African Nations cup Tournaments with Nigeria. He won the olympic gold medal with Nigeria in 1996 beating Brazil in the semi finals before finding off Argentina in the final.

Proudly a member of Fifa 100 , a list of 125 most living footballers prime by lengendary Brazilian Pele in conjunction with Fifa'S centenary celebrations.In the 2004/2005 season he won the Bbc's African Player of the Year award (for the second successive year).

After finding out his covenant with the French giants Okocha was available on a free replacement - hence the rumoured £3.3million-a-year wages he was rumoured to be demanding. It is testament to Allardyce's negotiation skills that he was able to convince the midfielder to drop his high demands and join the Barclaycard Premiership outfit.

In the 2004/05 season - his third for the Trotters - he made 33 appearances and scored 7 goals, including two in the first game of the season - a 4-1 victory against Charlton.

He was relief of his captainship band with Bolton in early 2005/06. This is Much attributed to his social admittance that he is concerned in a move away to Quatar. He ultimately left the team after the final game of the season when Bolton announced they will not be renewing his covenant , manager sam allardyce shaking Okocha's hand before he came on the field in his last game.

After a lucrative year playing for Qatar Sports Club, Jay-Jay returned to England to take up a new challenge at the Kc Stadium.

In 2004 he released a Dvd called "superskills with Okocha " where he teaches children at a football school the most difficult football tricks.

He is happily married to Nkechi , a native of his country, Nigeria. Blessed with a son who he Named "A-J Okocha.

Jay Jay Okocha - So Good They Name Him Twice

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