The Nigerian legend retired from active football 14 years ago, but his eye-catching displays linger in the hearts of many football lovers
The Confederation of African football and other fans took to social media to celebrate retired Super Eagles midfielder Austin Jay-Jay Okocha on his 49th birthday.
Okocha retired from active football in 2008, drawing the curtains on a career that spanned over 15 years.
The former Super Eagles star schemer made his name with his brilliant, eye-catching displays. In fact, Okocha was one of the best players to grace the pitch
Okocha had quite a career, creating memorable moments for fans of the round leather game.
The 1996 Olympics gold medallist played for Borussia Neunkirchen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahce, PSG, Bolton, Qatar SC, and Hull City.
Okocha returned 49 today, and he received a lot of wishes on social media, most notable of which was CAF’s.
So good they named him twice 😉
— CAF (@CAF_Online) August 14, 2022
One of his former clubs Bolton, and other football fans also sent their best wishes, whilst praising him for his unforgettable dribbling ability.
In 1993, Jay Jay Okocha dribbled Oliver Khan, one of the World's Best Goalkeepers till he fell, dribbled his defenders in the box and scored.
This was his legitimate way of dealing with high rate of Racism in Germany.
Happy 49th Birthday to J J Okocha. pic.twitter.com/3EZcN5w7yc
— IGBO History & Facts (@IgboHistoFacts) August 14, 2022
Happy birthday to the legend and King, Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha as he turns 49 today. 🎈🎉
Nigerian legend, African Legend, World Football Legend; so good they named him twice.
Jay Jay! 🇳🇬👑🤴🏾 pic.twitter.com/lNZnCflszV
— Football Fans Tribe 🇳🇬 ⚽ (@FansTribeHQ) August 14, 2022
I will never forget Egypt in 2006, his last AFCON. I was at the team’s hotel at night and Jay Jay came out to just hang out. I hung out with him, played Billard with him and one of his man Fridays. Guys, I was 23 and this was an icon, it was my first AFCON. It was a dream! https://t.co/d9GDdb4sYe
— Oma Akatugba (@omaakatugba) August 14, 2022
He was so good they named him twice!
Happy Birthday to one of the greatest footballers of all time, Austin Jay Jay Okocha.
God bless your new age❤❤
How much do you love this living legend?
— Legit.ng | Leading the way (@legitngnews) August 14, 2022
Happy birthday to Jay-Jay Okocha, the man so good that they named him twice 🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/ZUNpYtuk4X
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) August 14, 2022
It's Jay-Jay Okocha's birthday today.
You know what that means.pic.twitter.com/mFAKH9crX2
— DW Sports (@dw_sports) August 14, 2022
Happy Birthday Jay Jay Okocha. So good they named him twice. Superstar. pic.twitter.com/b5x9InUEgr
— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) August 14, 2022