On the 20th of March, 2016, Augustine Jay-Jay Okocha, an African and international legend of all times made an appearance at the Parc Des Princes. Hosted by his former Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) club, the ex-football star was given a standing ovation as he displayed his never-fading football skills before the club’s match with Monaco.
Augustine Jay-Jay Okocha was a former Super Eagles(Nigerian) captain and midfielder. He was born on August, 14 1973 and hails from the eastern region of Nigeria. Jay-Jay was known for his quick move and dribbling skills. He also played for several footbal clubs like Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahçe, PSG, Bolton Wanderers and Hull City. Jay-Jay as popularly called has set daunting records in football history. His skills, techniques and talent in the pitch are unprecedented- next to none.
In his professional playing days he was a certified prolific goal scorer. His free kicks went straight to the net. During his 2 seasons with the Turkish club, Fenerbahçe, he made 62 appearances and scored 30 goals. And in the 4-years that he spent with PSG, he played in 84 matches and scored 12 goals. He obtained his 1000th goal at the Nation’s cup match between Nigeria and South Africa. The match earned him the player of the tournament and a joint Golden boot.
Jay-Jay played for PSG for 4-years(1998-2002). At that time he was the rave of the moment. He was the highest paid African player with about $24 million in his pocket. Did you know that he served as a mentor for Brazilian footballer, Ronaldinho while in Paris?
“In March 2004, he was named one of the top 125 living footballers by Pelé”- Wikipedia
After his retirement, he became the Chairman of the Delta State Football Association (DFA). He has also scouted and promoted football talents in Nigeria. Later on, he also became the President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in September, 2014.