Jay Jay Okocha Inducted as German Bundesliga Legend
Former Super Eagles captain Austin Jay-Jay Okocha has been named as one of the legends of the German Bundesliga.
This was contained in a statement on the German league’s official website which stated that the former Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder joins Ghana legend and CAF deputy general secretary, Anthony Baffoe, in the 11-man legends network that will be flying the Bundesliga flag across the world.
The Bundesliga said it was ‘delighted’ to honour the Nigerian maestro whose ’sublime skills lit up the German top flight in the 1990s.
“His sublime skills and tremendous tricks brought joy to fans of Eintracht Frankfurt and lit up Germany’s top division for many years, and now it has been announced that footballing icon Jay-Jay Okocha is the latest star to join the Bundesliga Legends Network.
“The newest member of an elite group of former playing greats to become part of the illustrious Bundesliga Legends Network, Okocha set Germany’s playing fields alight between 1992 and ’96 when the Nigerian ace scored 18 goals and provided 13 assists in 90 memorable matches for the team known as The Eagles.
“Never to be forgotten among the sides he has represented, it is with warmth and delight that this footballing artist is remembered among the denizens of Eintracht while followers of the Bundesliga will forever continue to delight in the legend that is Jay-Jay Okocha. Welcome to the Bundesliga Legends Network,” a Bundesliga statement read.
“The Bundesliga was bewildered by the quick feet, spellbinding step-overs, dream-like dribbles and eye-catching creativity of one of the developing stars, and characters, of the world game. On August 31, 1993, Okocha combined all of the above traits to score one sensational goal that had beaten goalkeeper Oliver Kahn tweeting over 20 years later, “I’m still dizzy, even now.”
The legendary Khan was at Karlsruhe when he and a number of defenders encountered Okocha’s football devilry.
The Nigeria no 10 would later take his bag of tricks to Turkish team Fenerbahce, Paris Saint-German and Bolton Wanderers before hanging his boots in 2008.
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