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Okocha casts doubts on India adventure

Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha has cast doubts on a comeback

Posted: 12 March 2012 Time: 10:22 am

Former Nigeria World Cup skipper Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has cast doubts on a comeback in a new lucrative league in India.

The 38-year-old midfielder has been lined up as one of the top stars in the I-League, but he has now said he will have to consider his family and business commitments before he decides on whether he will lace his boots again.

“My going back to India depends on my health because I’m not growing any younger, I have to consider my family and businesses as well,” Okocha said in Abuja.

“But I’m not ruling out the possibilities of playing in India again.”

Okocha has featured for several top European clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Fenerbache and Bolton Wanderers.

He last starred for Hull City in England in 2008.

‘Jay Jay’ is to earn about $550,000 for two months of work in India, reports said.

He has been listed under the club Durgapur and will work with former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia.

However, the proposed league, which will also draw other top football stars like Hernan Crespo,

Fabio Cannavaro and Robert Pires has suffered several postponements and hitches.

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

red skin
posted: 01:10 pm

At '38' if you are in good health you can still play 'for two months of work in India.' Some of the other stars involved in the programme are even older than you, moreover there will not be any unrealistic expectations from you considering the fact that you have retired.

Two months of physical absence is not enough to do any damage to your family and business back home if you have good people around you.

$550,000 is pretty lots of money, enough to sway convictions.


Billion Original
posted: 02:41 pm
38years? Really??

Billion Original
Game147
posted: 03:50 pm
Jay Jay , please Indians need you to develope their young talents, teach them few tricks and demand bigger pay if they request for more skills tutorial. $550,000 for two months is not bad at all.

However, these are my all-time skillful players :

(1) Jay Jay Okocha
(2) Ronaldinho
(3) Zinadine Zidane
(4) Diego Maradona
(5) Lionel Messi
(6) Ronaldo Luis De Lima
(6) Luis Figo
(7) Denilson
(8) C Ronaldo
(9) Fernando Redondo
(10) Joe Cole

These ten players can score goals and also entertain the fans.

Judging by the clips i saw, Pele wasn't much an all-round skilled player.He played for the right teams at the right time.

Any objections ???
Fireman
posted: 06:22 pm
remove joe cole, redondo, figo, and denilson
add titi henry, kaka, rivaldo, and quaresma

we're talking about pure skill on the ball

(1) Jay Jay Okocha
(2) Diego Maradona
(3) Ronaldinho
(4) Zinadine Zidane
(5) Lionel Messi
(6) Ronaldo Luis De Lima
(6) Thierry Henry
(7) C. Ronaldo
(8) Kaka
(9) Quaresma
(10) Rivaldo
Fireman
posted: 06:26 pm
haha I just realized we put #(6) twice. so i guess that's our top eleven artistic footballers
Game147
posted: 07:06 pm
@Fireman, Oops! Maybe i need the services of an optician . Can you recomend a good optiian for me ??? lol. Thanks anyway.

Well, you may be right. Thiery henry, kaka, rivaldo, and quaresma were exceptional.
Did you see Fernando Redondo play ???.
As a kid, Fernando Redondo was one of my favorite. I still have fresh memories of the 3-0 thrashing of Valencia at the CLF.
TeellThemm
posted: 07:36 pm
@Game147
Well your list was fantastic but what about the guys below..

Zvonimir Boban
Manuel Rui Costa
Roberto Baggio
Juan Sabastien Veron
Karel Pobosky
Demetrio Albertini
Gorge Hagi
Hristo Stoickov

These guys also add flair to the game during their time and aren't bad at all if you know them.
Game147
posted: 08:02 pm
@Tellthem, Boban was good. Probably Croatia second best player behind Davor Sukar. Karel Pobosky was fantastic too but he didn't last.
However, the list can continue to infinity (based on variation in choice) but my criteria for selection is based on goal scoring,entertainment and extra-ordinary ability with the ball.

My man e don tee o. I hope you're doing good. Remain blessed bro.
TeellThemm
posted: 11:18 pm
@Game147
You absolutely right about those players.
broda i dey ooo just doing d best in d field.
Fireman
posted: 01:03 am
@Game147, bro I never saw Redondo play so I cannot judge. Even Maradona, I only saw clips of his goals. I'm 21 so the players I listed are modern era.

@TeellThemm, Veron was on point too. I've seen a bit of Baggio and heard of Hagi. Wish there were more proper #10's in football today. Coaches don't want their players to dribble anymore.
Fireman
posted: 01:03 am
@Game147, bro I never saw Redondo play so I cannot judge. Even Maradona, I only saw clips of his goals. I'm 21 so the players I listed are modern era.

@TeellThemm, Veron was on point too. I've seen a bit of Baggio and heard of Hagi. Wish there were more proper #10's in football today. Coaches don't want their players to dribble anymore.
Fireman
posted: 01:03 am
@Game147, bro I never saw Redondo play so I cannot judge. Even Maradona, I only saw clips of his goals. I'm 21 so the players I listed are modern era.

@TeellThemm, Veron was on point too. I've seen a bit of Baggio and heard of Hagi. Wish there were more proper #10's in football today. Coaches don't want their players to dribble anymore.
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Game147
posted: 03:09 pm
Source : Goal.com :
Nigeria plan Brazil friendly for September – report

The Super Eagles are expected to host the Selecao in Abuja later in the year for an international friendly encounter that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Nigeria will play an international friendly match against Brazil in Abuja according to reports in the Nigerian media.

The Selecao are expected to field a strong team to play against the Super Eagles on a yet to be decided date in September.

Last year, Nigeria hosted Argentina in a friendly at the same venue, going on to triumph 4-1. It necessitated a rematch in Bangladesh where the Albiceleste avenged their loss by winning 3-1.

An unnamed Nigeria Football Federation official told SuperSport that arrangements are being made and that the exact date “is yet to be confirmed but will be made official very soon. The friendly is the annual 'Guinness The Match' tournament where the winner will be handed a trophy."

Calls by Goal.com to the media officer of the federation did not go through but we will bring you greater details as soon as we have confirmation.

Nigeria hosted Brazil in the game to commemorate the opening of the Abuja National Stadium in 2003. They lost that friendly encounter 3-0.
......................................................................

I hope this becomes real and not another 'september fool'.
If it materializes, then i'll be exeedingly glad to see Ronaldiho and Neymar. I miss those Ronaldiho tricks,looking towards the southpole and given passes to northpole ( just Like his master Jay Jay Okocha)and purposeful step-overs.
I wish we have another 'Jay Jay'.
Ike Uche and Rabiu Ibrahim are very effective in terms of skill display, they'll surely entertain.

Good news anyway.
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