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Soccer News of Friday, 19 August 2022


Samuel Eto'o says Okocha was underrated

A collage of Okocha and Eto'o play videoA collage of Okocha and Eto'o

Cameroon legend, Samuel Eto'o Fils has lauded ex-Nigerian international Jay-Jay Okocha for his exploits during his playing career.

According to the ex-Barcelona striker, Okocha didn't receive the deserved recognition for all his mesmeric footballing skills.

The former Inter striker attributed Okocha's discounted recognition in world football to the colour of his skin.

The four-time African Player of the Year added that the heroism of Brazilian star Ronaldinho had already been done by Jay-Jay Okocha years back.

"It is the injustice of world football. What we saw Ronaldinho do a few years ago, Jay-Jay [Okocha] had done 10 or 15 years before and he never had the recognition of others. And that's what happens when it comes to Africa," Eto'o said via Onvoitout.

Okocha is one of the greatest African players who never won the coveted African Footballer of the Year.

The ex-Super Eagles captain won the African Cup of Nations with Nigeria in 1994.

He was also an integral part of the Dream Team, Nigeria's U-23 team that won the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Check out highlights of Okocha's skills and goals below: