- Austin Okocha has been chosen as Africa's most talented footballer by El-Hadji Diouf
- Diouf and Okocha were teammates at Bolton Wanderers between 2004 and 2006
- According to Diouf, despite Okocha not winning a major title as a footballer, no one can argue that he is the most talented African footballer of all-time
Senegal football legend El-Hadji Diouf has again praised former Nigerian international Austin Jay Jay Okocha as he rates him the most talented footballer to come out of Africa.
Despite failing to win a major title just like African football icons Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o, Diouf believes Okocha is the most talented footballer he has come across in Africa.
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He made his feelings known in an interview with RSI and as cited on Complete Sports.
Diouf told RSI: “Today I respect what they [Drogba and Eto’o] have achieved in football and I
will always defend them.
“The most talented of African footballers, who have played the game on the continent, since I was born, is Jay Jay Okocha.
“To be talented doesn’t necessarily mean that you are the best or have won the most titles in your career, we’ll always have people who will win more trophies and I respect that.
“He is the most talented player that I have ever seen. He did not win as many trophies as the others, he did not win the Golden Ball but no one can argue that he is the most talented African footballer of all times.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that two-time African footballer of the year El hadji Diouf has claimed that Nigeria’s Austin Jay Jay Okocha would have been the world’s best player of all time if he was not African.
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The Senegalese legend and the ex-Super Eagles captain were teammates at Bolton Wanderers between 2004 and 2006 before Okocha moved to Qatar.
Okocha who featured for Bolton between 2002 and 2006 scored 14 goals in his 124 appearances including a famous strike against West Ham United which was voted team goal of the season.
Jay Jay Okocha was a household name among Bolton fans as they went on to print his name on shirts with the inscription “so good they named him twice”.
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