Daniel Amokachi says he'll pick Okocha in his midfield ahead of Mikel
- Daniel Amokachi and Jay Jay Okocha were team-mates in the Nigerian national team
- The Bull says Okocha was a great midfielder
- Amokachi and Mikel Obi were never team-mates
The USA ’94 star has stated that he prefers to have his former team-mate Jay Jay Okocha in his midfield during a tough match involving the Nigerian national team, ahead of former captain Mikel Obi.
Amokachi fondly called ‘The Bull’ played alongside Okocha in a Super Eagles squad which many refer to as the best ever team out of Nigeria.
Both Okocha and Amokachi won the Africa Cup of Nations together in the 1994 in Tunisia and also went to the Fifa World Cup that same year, with Amokachi getting two goals.
The stars were also at the 1998 World Cup in France, where Nigeria reached the second-round before crashing out of the tournament after losing 4-1 to Denmark.
Also, the pair were part of the U-23 Dream team that became the first African team to win gold in the football event at the Olympics during the games at Atlanta 1996.
And Amokachi has stated that he will pick Okocha over Mikel because of his incredible passes.
“I remember against Italy he made history with the most dribbles in a World Cup match,” Amokachi said while answering questions on Brila FM.
“When Jay Jay is in his element the opponent will not even see the ball. The through passes he will give is incredible. That’s the Jay Jay you want to pick.
“So left for me I will pick Jay Jay any time any day," Complete Sports quoting Brila Fm.
Both Mikel and Amokachi were never team-mates; however the former Chelsea man featured in the same squad with Okocha at the 2006 AFCON where they finished third.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that former Nigerian international Jonathan Akpoborie has made claims that a Nigerian delegation had stormed into Nigeria's camp to take over training from Coach Jo Bonfrere ahead of Atalanta 1996 Olympics, as cited on Twitter.
The Nigerian football team won gold at that edition in 1996 having shocked the world to defeat powerhouses Brazil and Argentina in the semis and final respectively in Jo Bonfrere’s first stint with the nation.
Bonfrere who left in 1996, was recalled by the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to lead the team to the Olympic games in Sydney, Australia, four years later but he was unable to re-work his magic.
The Nigerian Dream team camped in the United states ahead of the 1996 tournament, but Akpoborie, 51, has stated that the coach was almost sacked before the tournament proper.
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