Former AFC Leopards star Francis Xavier has pilled praise on Africa and Nigeria legend Augustine Azuka ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha.
Xavier, speaking to Goal, said that Okocha was very influential on the pitch and “could create as well as score goals.”
“He was very skilled and could dribble his way out of trouble at any given time,” said Xavier.
“Another impressive characteristic was his ability to adapt to any given game and have a positive effect on his team.
“On most occasions, he was physically fit and his technical ability was on another level.”
He added that the Super Eagles are still struggling to find Okocha’s replacement “who can consistently deliver for the team and help them hit greater heights.”
Okocha is considered to be among the most skillful players the world has ever seen.
A creative player with a ferocious shot who was part of the Nigeria team that won the 1994 and 1996 AFCON and Olympics respectively.
He played for Bolton Wanderers (England), Frankfurt (Germany), Fenerbahce (Turkey) and PSG (France) among other teams.
He was named the Nigerian footballer of the year seven times – 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. He was the 2004 AFCON topscorer and Bolton player of the year 2004/5.