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Okocha: Why I Came Out of Retirement

24 Feb 2012

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Former Super Eagle Captain, Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha

Former Super Eagle Captain, Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha, has restated his desire to play active football for the next two to three years.

Speaking about his Indian Premier League contract on Wednesday night, Okocha said that the urge to challenge the up and coming footballers in the country rather than financial gains encouraged him to come out of retirement.

According to him, "It has not been easy watching the game from the side line after almost four years since I called it quit with the beautiful game. When I look around, the up and coming footballers are yet to raise their game to the standard I set, hence the urge to still do something is always on my mind.

"When they were still conceiving the Indian League project, they called me and I accepted their offer.  Mind you, I am not saying the younger generation lack the quality to raise their game but my comment is to encourage them to do more," he pointed out.

The former Bolton Wanderer players also said his second coming into the game will be a bit mild and “fans should not expect to see the same Okocha they used to know because the bones are weak now.

"As at the time I retired, I actually contemplated playing for another year or two but on a second thought, I think I left at the right time because it could have been disastrous if I were to have been pushed out of relevance.

“When I got the offer to play again in India, and help promote their league the same way they did with cricket, it's really amazing but i don’t think they will expect much from me," he explained.

After a wonderful career in Germany, France, Turkey, England and Saudi Arabia, the former captain of the Super Eagle retired from the game in 2007 at an elaborate ceremony at the Warri Stadium, in Delta State when some of the big names in African football came to celebrate with this legend of his generation.

Tags: Sports, Nigeria, OKOCHA, Retirement

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