Former Nigeria and Eintracht Frankfurt star, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha has been named as one of the German Bundesliga legends. This was confirmed on the German league’s official website.
The former Super Eagles captain joins ex-Ghana international and now CAF deputy general secretary, Anthony Baffoe, in the 11-man legends network that will be flying the Bundesliga flag across the world.
A Bundesliga statement reads, “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.”
The Bundesliga followers were bewildered by the quick feet, spellbinding step-overs, dribbles and eye-catching creativity of one of the developing stars, and characters, of the world game.
On August 31, 1993, Okocha scored one sensational goal that had beaten goalkeeper Oliver Kahn tweeting over 20 years later, “I’m still dizzy,” even now.
Okocha would later play for Paris Saint-German, Turkish team Fenerbahce, and Bolton Wanderers.