|Full name||Augustine Azuka Okocha|
|birth Date||14 August 1973|
|Place of birth||Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
Who is Jay Jay Okocha?
Augustine Azuka, also known as “Jay Jay” Okocha was born August 14th, 1973, he’s a former professional football player in Nigeria who has played as an offensive midfielder. An agile and skilled organizer, considered one of the best players in Nigeria and one of the best players in Africa. Okocha has always been a player, and he is known for his confidence in the ball, his skills, his creativity, and his dribbling skills, as well as his use of dummy during training.
Due to his skill, he was described as “so good that they gave him a name twice” (this sentence was immortal in the terraced carol when Okocha played for Bolton Wanderers).
Jay Jay Okocha Club and Professional Career
Augustine Azuka “Jay-Jay” Okocha was born in Enugu, Enugu State. His parents live in the sulfur city government of Osun State, Nigeria. The name Jay-Jay was passed down from his brother James, who first started playing football. His immediate brother Emmanuel is also known as Emma Jay-jay, but the name was replaced by Okocha. Like many other football stars, he started playing football on the street, usually with a temporary ball.
In an interview with BBC Sport, he said: “As far as I remember, we have played anything and we can find anything in a circle, and whenever we successfully get the ball, it is a bonus! I mean! This is amazing! “In 1990, he joined Enugu Rangers. During his time at the club, he performed a number of wonderful performances, including his scoring and scoring against experienced Nigerian goalkeeper William Okpara in the match against BCC Lions.
Later that year, he went on vacation to West Germany, who had just won the 1990 FIFA World Cup, so he could watch the German League. His friend Binebi Numa is racing for the third division of Newir Car King (Neuroirchen). Okocha accompanied Numa one morning for training and he asked to participate.
Coach Neunkirchen was impressed with Okocha’s skills and invited him back the next day before renewing his contract. A year later, he joined the 1. Saarbrücken Football Club, but spent only a few months in the 2. Bundesliga, before moving to the 1. Bundesliga with Frankfurt Eintracht.
Okocha joined Frankfurt in Eintracht in December 1991, where he established connections with many well-known players, including Ghana international forward Tony Yeboah and later Thomas Dole (Thomas Doll). He continued to perform well for the German team, one of the highlights was that he scored a goal against Karlsruher SC, dribbled in the penalty area and passed the ball to goalkeeper Oliver Kahn ), Even twice over some players.
The goal has been voted “goal of the season” by many football magazines, and it has also been voted as the best goal of 1993 by viewers of “Sportschau” (ARD German TV Sports).  In 1995, Okocha, Yeboah, and Maurizio Gaudino all disputed with manager Jupp Heynckes, leaving them to leave the club.
Yeboah and Gaudino later went to England, and Okocha stayed until the end of the season, Frankfurt relegated to 2. Bundesliga, and then signed Istanbul club Fenerbahçe.
After Eintracht Frankfurt relegated to second place in the Bundesliga, Okocha joined the Turkish Fenerbahce club for about £ 1 million. In the two seasons he has played for the team, he has accumulated 30 goals in 62 appearances, many of which come from direct free kicks, which is a hallmark of the club for him.
In 1998, Paris Saint-Germain in France signed Ococha for about 14 million pounds, making him the most expensive African player at the time. During PSG’s four years, he played in 84 games and scored 12 goals. At the time, he was also a mentor for young Brazilian football player Ronaldinho in Paris.
Okocha left PSG after the FIFA World Cup in the summer of 2002 and joined the Bolton Wanderers for free. Despite his injuries, his debut season made him a favorite of Bolton fans, and his team printed “Jay-Jay-Jay-Jay-Jay-Jay-so good them named him twice” shirt. He led the team out of the relegation of seven goals, including the best goal of the season in a key league victory with West Ham. In a 2008 fan vote, this was named Bolton’s best Premier League goal.
Next season, Okocha was awarded the captain’s armband after Guðni Bergsson retired, and he assumed more responsibility. As captain, he led Bolton to their first cup final in nine years, where they won the runner-up in the 2004 Football League Cup runner-up Middlesbrough.
In 2006, he was deprived of the captain’s post because of changes in the attitude of some staff members, and he said he was here. [Citation needed] This may be due to his proposal to move to the Middle East. Speculation has been growing. At the end of the season, he refused to extend him for another year to move to Qatar.
After Bolton relegated from the Premier League in 2012, Okocha said that his time at the club has now become a waste of time because the club has not invested and improved for the foundation he laid during that time.
After just one season in Qatar and after players have connections with Royal Salt Lake City and Sydney Football Club, the football league champions Hull City signed Okocha in 2007 as a free transfer. He said “God has told him to do this” is his move. However, due to his health and persistent injuries, he was unable to make a huge contribution to Hull’s promotion. He only played 18 games without scoring.
Hull is still the first successful Premier League champion in 104 years of history. At the end of the season, as Hull’s promotion changed his mind about the proposed retirement, he was released by the club and eventually retired.
On February 21, 2015, Okocha was elected President of the Delta National Football Association.
In April 2015, Okocha expressed interest in becoming chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation; he is actively pursuing.
Okocha made his Nigeria debut for the first time in May 1993 against Ivory Coast in the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier. It wasn’t until his second block and debut that he became a favorite of Nigerian fans. Nigeria is behind Algeria 1-0 in the match against Algeria and they need to win. He scored the equalizer before scoring a direct free kick, then helped the team to a 4-1 victory and eventually won their first World Cup qualification.
In 1994, he was twice selected for the 1994 African Cup of Nations.   The World Cup squad advanced into the second round and they lost in the fierce match against Italy, the runner-up in the final.
In 1996, Okocha became an important member of the more successful Nigerian side. They won the Olympic gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics. Later, the basketball team in the United States won the Olympic gold medal in 1992 and was called the Dream Team by the Nigerian media.
At the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, Okocha played for the disappointing Super Eagles team. Despite failing to achieve impressive results, they performed poorly in the 3-2 victory over Spain and failed to repeat Meet the expectations of 16 rounds. This has not undermined interest in Okocha, who has attracted fans with his trademark skills and dribble and continues to be nominated in the game.
Okocha rejoined the Super Eagles and co-hosted the 2000 African Nations Cup with Ghana. He scored 3 goals in the match, 2 goals in the first match with Tunisia, and then when he left the field, nearly 60,000 people attended the match.
He returned to the Super Eagles in testimony against an African selection of Worry. The game features former players Daniel Amokachi, Alloysius Agu, John Fashanu, Benjani and Sulley Muntari. After Nigeria appeared in the second half, they won the game 2-1 and Okocha scored.
In March 2004, he was named one of 125 living football players by Pelé.
Jay Jay Okocha Personal life
Okocha is from Yanoma, a derivative group of the Inib. His brother Emmanuel is also a former football player who played for the Nigerian national team. His nephew, Alex Iwobi, played for Everton and Nigeria.
In June 2019, Okocha was reportedly charged with money laundering in Scotland.
Jay Jay Okocha Net worth
For a capable footballer, Jay Chou’s income comes from many sources. With an estimated net worth of $ 150 million, Okocha is considered one of the richest retired football players.
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Honours and Awards
Saarland Cup: 1990, 1992
Oberliga Südwest: 1991
Prime Minister’s Cup: 1998
Atatürk Cup: 1999
Trophée des Champions: 1998
UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2001
Football League Cup runner-up: 2003–04
Football League Championship play-offs: 2008
Africa Cup of Nations: 1994; runner up: 2000; third place: 2002, 2004, 2006
Afro-Asian Cup of Nations: 1995
Summer Olympic Games: 1996
Goal of the Year (Germany): 1993
Nigerian Footballer of the Year: 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005; runner-up: 1996
African Footballer of the Year runner-up: 1998
FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (Reserve): 1998
BBC African Footballer of the Year: 2003, 2004
BBC Goal of the Month: April 2003
Premier League Player of the Month: November 2003
Africa Cup of Nations Top Scorer: 2004
Africa Cup of Nations Best Player: 2004
Bolton Wanderers Player of the Year: 2004–05
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