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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE


Jay-Jay Okocha as they call him, began playing football on the streets just like many other football stars, usually with a makeshift ball.

In 1990, Okocha joined Enugu Rangers. In his time at the club, he produced many spectacular displays including one where he rounded off and scored a goal, against experienced Nigerian goalkeeper William Okpara in a match against BCC Lions.


Legendary Austin Okocha is a prominent Nigerian Midfielder, he joined German side ‘Eintracht Frankfurt,’ after his sterling performance with ‘Enugu Rangers in Nigeria Professional Football League, the skillful Nigerian midfielder scored the most spectacular goal in the history of German football.

This is according to accomplished German coach Jurgen Klopp when referring to Okocha’s stunning goal scored against legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn during the 1992/93 season.


Okocha scored the goal during his time with Eintracht Frankfurt against Karlsruher as he displayed his amazing dribbling ability.

The retired midfielder dribbled in the penalty box and slotting the ball past German and Bayern Munch icon Kahn even going past some players twice.

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The goal was voted Goal of the Season by many football magazines, and also voted as 1993 Goal of the Year by viewers of Sportschau (an ARD German TV sports programme).

" Okocha scored the most spectacular goal in the history of German football,” Klopp told the Guardian.

" It took like five minutes of Kahn and his defenders diving on the floor before he put the ball in the net.”




He then played in such prestigious clubs as ‘Fenerbahce’ (Turkey), ‘PSG’ (France), and ‘Bolton Wanderers’ (England). Austin Okocha won the African Nations Cup (1994).

Besides, he got second place in 2000 and third place in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Also, Okocha played for ‘Super Eagles’ at its first ever World Cup in 1994 and then in 1998 and 2002.

He is a former BBC African Player of the Year. Moreover, Austin Okocha was part of the Nigerian dream team that won the gold medal for Nigeria at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. 


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