I was teary watching Okocha dribble Khan, 7 defenders – brother

I was teary watching Okocha dribble Khan, 7 defenders – brother


Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Emmanuel Okocha has confessed that his younger brother, Austin Jay Jay Okocha exceeded his expectations to become a great player he was, the SportsBay.com reports.

The senior Okocha also revealed how the players stopped moving while he was in the stands watching Jay Jay scoring one of the best goals in the history of German Bundesliga.

Jay Jay Okocha stole the headline during his days in the Bundesliga after he dribbled about seven defenders, including Germany great Oliver Kahn and scored the iconic goal for his Eintracht Frankfurt in 1993.

It will be recalled that Khan said he still dazed by the goal which was voted as 1993 Goal of the Year by viewers of Sportschau (an ARD German TV sports programme).

Emmanuel who is the older brother of the former Bolton Wanderers captain told Nigeria Football Federation media team in a live Instagram session that he cried while watching his brother in Germany.

“I was at the stadium with my brother, Okocha was playing for Frankfurt he had the ball facing Oliver Khan, when he started dribbling, I put my hands on my head and I was saying if you miss this goal, everyone was in awe, even players stopped moving and when he scored I buried my head in tears. I could not hold it.”

Emmanuel who was part of the Super Eagles silver medal-winning squad to the 1990 African cup of Nations in Algeria, admitted that his younger brother exceeded his expectations in the game.

“He was better when he was younger. I could not see him much because I was always away playing for my club. He highly exceeded my expectations, sometimes I go back to YouTube to watch him.”

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“He knew what he wanted. He knew his background and took hard decisions to achieve his goal, he was really wise”, he said.

Austin Okocha is regarded as the greatest Nigerian player ever and was the first African player to command a 24 million dollar transfer fee following his move from Fenerbahce to French side Paris Saint-German.

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