The Nigerian legend is regarded as one of the greatest playmakers to ever come out of Africa
Former Bolton Wanderers and PSG star Austin Okocha has made it clear that he has no intention of pursuing a career in coaching.
Despite many of his former international teammates transitioning into coaching roles, Okocha has cited two significant reasons for his decision.
Okocha highlighted the immense pressure associated with coaching as a deterrent. He also acknowledged that he simply could not handle the intense demands of the role due to health reasons.
By refraining from becoming a coach, Okocha aims to prioritize his well-being and avoid the stress that comes with such responsibilities.
Instead, Okocha expressed his desire to contribute to the footballing world differently. He emphasized his intention to analyze the game from a distance, providing valuable insights and knowledge to the younger generation.
What was said?
“I can’t be a football coach because of the pressure involved. I simply cannot handle it for health reasons,” Okocha said in an Arise TV interview monitored by Soccernet.ng.
“I need to stay back and analyse the game, motivate the younger ones, and share knowledge of the game when called on.”
Since retiring from professional football, Okocha has found a role as a football pundit.
Since 2019, he has provided expert analysis for major tournaments such as the African Cup of Nations and the European Championships.
Through his punditry work, Okocha continues to contribute to the sport by sharing his wealth of experience and providing astute observations.
Several of Austin Okocha’s former international teammates have successfully transitioned into coaching roles, though.
Augustine Eguavoen, Samson Siasia, and Sunday Oliseh have previously assumed managerial positions with the Super Eagles, showcasing their expertise in guiding the national team.
Additionally, Emmanuel Amuneke achieved notable success by leading the Golden Eaglets to World Cup glory.
Currently, George Finidi and Ike Shorunmu contribute to the national team coaching crew, further highlighting the trend of former players taking up coaching responsibilities at the highest level of Nigerian football.