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Real reason Okocha went to Indian club -Kujah

Sunday, February 19, 2012

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The recent two months deal that will see former Super Eagles and Bolton Wanderers of England captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, join Indian club, has been described as a very good move by FIFA-licensed players’ agent, Friday Nwankwo Kujah.

While fielding questions from Daily Sunsports recently, Kujah explained that what propelled Okocha to join the Indian club was the player’s desire to be part of history, as India is working hard to transform her football league, and therefore, needed players who have over the years proved their mettle in the round leather game to help and bring her dream to fruition.

Kujah said there was no iota of truth in the insinuations in some quarters that the former Eagles’ captain signed for the two months deal because he was financially broke.

“There is no iota of truth in the rumour that Austin Jay Jay Okocha signed for Durgapur FC of India because he is broke financially. I would rather want people to understand that it’s not money that pushed Okocha to sign the contract, but he did it purely to be part of history. The attraction is borne out of his desire to be counted when the records are opened in Indian football.

“India is introducing her football league, which has not been running before now. For now, the league is not going to be played throughout the entire country, they want to start with five clubs and it is going to last for only two months.

“For me, Okocha made a good move, which will afford him the opportunity to be part of history when the story of how Indian league started is told. He would be one of the foreign imports that would get mentioned as those that inaugurated the Indian League.”

On whether Okocha could still play good football considering his age, Kujah said that Okocha was still young, adding that the Nigerian League has many players who are older than Okocha and wondered why Okocha should be consider as being old to play active football.

“Okocha can still play good football for many years to come. There are many players in our local league who are up to 45 years and are still playing active football. Some of them even lie over their ages, claiming to the younger than their actual age to enable them remain in the game.

“So, for me, Okocha is young and he can still play good football as many years if he chooses. I know him very well and I know some players who are older that he is and yet they are still playing the game,” Kujah asserted.


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