Austin Okocha: Amokachi claims France 98' made Jay-Jay become most expensive African player

Austin Okocha: Amokachi claims France 98' made Jay-Jay become most expensive African player

- Austin Okocha was by far the best Super Eagles player at the France 98 World Cup

- Nigeria were knocked out in the round of 16 to Denmark following a damaging defeat

- Amokachi believes Okocha's display at the tournament earned him a record move to PSG

Austin Okocha became the most expensive player in Africa after his impressive performance at the France 98' World Cup, according to Daniel Amokachi.

The mercurial midfielder earned a move to Paris Saint-Germain after the tournament for a record fee, the highest ever by an African player.

Okocha was Nigeria's best player from the group phase and the round of 16 before losing to Denmark by 4-1 in the quarter-finals.

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His individual display against the Danish side did not go unnoticed as Okocha won the hearts of many fans around the world despite the crushing defeat.

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Okocha then made a $27million move from Turkish giants Fenerbache to PSG a deal that he singlehandedly earned.

In an interview with Brila, Amokachi discloses that France 98' was Okocha's best ever World Cup for Nigeria out of the three he represented Nigeria in.

“France 98 was probably Jay Jay’s ( Okocha ) best world cup tournament; that’s why he was able to make that move to Paris Saint-Germain, He played some real se.xy football,” he said.

Amokachi who played the tournament with injuries explained that Nigeria would have gone beyond the round of 16 but the team was let down by the poor technical crew.

“Coaching was our biggest problem and the main reason we failed,” he said.

Nigeria under Bora Milutinovic recorded two wins in their first two group matches including a 3-2 victory over Spain and a 1-0 win over Bulgaria.

The West Africans then lost their last group game by 3-1 against Paraguay, a match that was academic, before crashing out to Denmark in the last 16.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Ahmed Musa has undergone a coronavirus test days after he returned with his family from his Saudi Arabia base.

And there were rumours going the round that the Super Eagles captain had contracted the deadly virus on his return.

But to validate his claim, the Al Nassr striker conducted a test for the disease and posted the evidence on his Instagram handle saying: “I just want to use this medium to thank everyone of you my friends and family for your prayers and…”

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