Not Winning The African Footballer Of The Year Is Okocha’s Biggest Regret

Nigerian football legend Austine Jay Jay Okocha has stated that one of his career regrets was not winning the prestigious African Footballer of the Year award before his retirement.

Okocha was arguably one of the most talented players from Africa and one of the greatest to fail to win the gong.

Okocha, who won the BBC African Footballer of the Year thrice, said in an Instagram Session with popular OAP Toke Makinwa that he deserved to win the award and didn’t know why he was overlooked.

The former Bolton Wanderers captain came close to winning it on two separate occasions: he finished as runner up by 2 points to Morroco’s Mustapha Hadji in 1998, and then in 2004 he placed behind Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o in 2004.

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