Jay-Jay Okocha is the greatest African player ever – Mohammed Kudus

Ghana international Mohammed Kudus has named former Nigeria superstar Augustine “Jay-Jay” Okocha as the greatest African to have played football.

Okocha won the hearts of many during his playing days with his style and flair. The ex-Super Eagles star also chalked many successes including winning back-to-back BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2004 and 2005.

The 50-year-old won the Nigerian Footballer of the Year on seven occasions and though he never won the CAF African Player of the Year award, he was part of the top three thrice (1998, 2003 and 2004).

In an interview with Sky Sports, Kudus spoke highly of Okocha, highlighting the long-term influence of his creative talent and ability to entertain audiences.

“I will say [Jay-Jay] Okocha,” the West Ham United midfielder said when quizzed about who he thinks is the greatest African player ever.

“I will say explaining from my lens how I see creative players and trying to entertain the game. That can never be washed away. The fans can never forget the experience and the entertainment you give them on the pitch.

“I know now goals and assists are important but I like creative players and players that like to entertain the fans. I like to do something that is different from what everyone is doing.”

Kudus has become a fan favourite at the London Stadium despite only arriving last summer from Ajax.

The Ghanaian has racked up 12 goals and 4 assists across all competitions for the Hammers.

Source: Lawrence Degraft Baidoo

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