Former Super Eagles Captain Regrets Not Winning Africa Footballer Of The Year
Former Super Eagles captain Austin Okocha has revealed that his creates regret as a player was not winning the prestigious Africa Footballer of the Year Award, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
Okocha who played for French Ligue 1 giants, PSG and Bolton Wanderers in England, cam e close to winning the agog on several occasions but was defeated by Samuel Eto’o or Yaya You’re who held sway at the period.
The legendary Nigerian midfielder nicknamed ‘Jay-Jay’ said he regrets not winning the CAF African Footballer of the Year award.
Okocha who retired from football at the age of 32 is widely considered to be one of the best African footballers of all-time having had an 18-year career as a professional player.
During his career, he won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 1994 and Olympic Games gold medal with Nigeria but admitted that he did not do enough to win the prestigious accolade.
“And if I’m to say, I’ll say, I regret not winning the African Footballer of the year,” Okocha said on Mastercard.
“But of course, if you look back, there’s always a time that you say ‘Oh maybe you could’ve done a bit better than you did’.
A quick, talented, and skilful playmaker, Okocha is considered by certain pundits as the best Nigerian footballer ever.
The former Fenerbahce and Bolton Wanderers player was the CAF African Footballer of the Year runner-up in 1998 behind Morocco’s Mustapha Hadji.
“I thought I did enough to have won it because it was not a fluke that I won the BBC player of the Year three years in a row and not managed to win that CAF award,” he continued.
“But I mean maybe it was not meant to be. Well, I think I don’t want to sound greedy, but I’ve had an amazing career, I never thought I would make it that big.”
Okocha also finished third in the race for the CAF African Footballer of the Year award in 2003 and 2004.