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Jay Jay Okocha

Jay Jay Okocha
Complete Name: Agustine Azuka "Jay-Jay" Okocha
Nationality: Nigerian
Place of Birth: Enugu, Nigeria
Date of Birth: 14/08/1973
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 70 kg
National Team: Nigeria
Current Club: Bolton
Position: Midfielder


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Club career history

Bolton Wanderers (England), Birmingham City (england)




Yay-Jay Okocha (born August 14, 1973 in Enugu) is a Nigerian football (soccer) midfielder. He is nicknamed Jay Jay for his entertaining and flamboyant style of play.

Okocha is currently playing in the English Premier League for Bolton Wanderers. He has previously played for Paris Saint-Germain, Fenerbahçe, and Eintracht Frankfurt. He is regularly selected for the Nigeria national football team.

Known as a hugely skillful midfielder, Okocha has played at the 1994, 1998 (where he was named in the official team of the tournament), and 2002 World Cup finals and many African Nations Cup tournaments. He was also a member of the Nigerian team that won the golden medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Okocha is often described as an African "Maradona", as his style is similar to that of the Argentine superstar. He is a member of the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé in conjunction with FIFA's centenary celebrations. He has also been nominated BBC's African footballer of the year (2004 and 2005).

In the early 2005/06 season, he was replaced as Bolton captain by Kevin Nolan. This is much attributed to his public admittance that he was interested in a lucrative move to the Middle East to ply his trade. This must definitely have caused displeasure to the management of Bolton. His number of appearances for the club have declined since, and he now plays the role of a substitute in most league games.

Jay-Jay is an excellent example of a complete African player with his great individual skills, good vision, passing and shooting.

In 2004 he released a DVD called "Superskills with Jay-Jay Okcoha" where he teaches kids at a footbal school the most difficult tricks in football, most of which he has done in games. He's known as the player who does things during a match that most people can't even imagine doing in training or even do it at all.

Married to Nkechi, a native of Nigeria. Jay-Jay also has a son (Named "A-J Okocha").

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