Jay-Jay Okocha Quotes About Football, Career and Hard Work

I’ve compiled some of the most popular Jay-Jay Okocha quotes.

Augustine Azuka Okocha, better known as Jay-Jay Okocha, was born on August 14, 1973. He is a former professional footballer from Nigeria who played as an attacking midfielder. Between 1993 and 2006, he appeared 73 times for the Nigeria national team, scoring 14 times and being a member of three FIFA World Cup squads. He is regarded as one of Africa’s greatest football players.

Okocha began his career at Enugu Rangers in the Nigerian Professional Football League before going to Borussia Neunkirchen in the Oberliga Südwest, Germany’s third division, in July 1990. Before retiring in 2012, he has played in the Bundesliga, Turkish Super Lig, French Ligue 1, English Premier League, EFL Championship, Qatar Stars League, and Indian Super League.

15 Jay-Jay Okocha Quotes

  1. “I pray a lot and it has helped me throughout my whole career to stay calm and focused.”

2. “I’ve trained my whole life to be a winner and if I know two things it’s that to be the best takes passion and persistence.”

3. “Preparing well for a tournament sometimes is not enough to win it as you also need a lot of luck in order to win.”

4. “If I had the opportunity, I will ask every Nigerian kid to start his career in Germany. The structure they have in the Bundesliga is far from what is obtainable in other leagues.”

5. “My faith comes before anything. It has also taught me to respect and admire people for what they are and who they are.”

6. “How can you be a giant of the sport when you are not consistent?”

 Jay-Jay Okocha Quotes

7. “Ronaldo is a fantastic player, one of the best I’ve ever seen, but he’s been a bit unfortunate to be of the same generation as Messi. Consequently, they have to share the limelight.”

8. “Sometimes money is not everything.”

9. “I got to Germany without being scouted, and without any experience of playing for my country. But I was given the chance to excel.”

10. “I always ask God if it is his will, and if so, then let it be. Whatever comes out of it I will accept it. That’s the message I got and that’s why I’m here at Hull.”

11. “There were very few TV sets when I grew up… We could not see matches and did not know too many players. Only Pele was a household name and he was the one most children idolised.”

12. “I am an instance of what is possible with a lot of hard work.”

13. “I came out of a background of want, but today I give glory to God.”

14. “Education from six-year-old to 14 is compulsory in Nigeria, but the simple fact is that a lack of resources, coupled with peoples’ inability to afford books and uniforms mean the reality for millions of Nigerian children is a life without education.”

15. “I’d say the player whose style most resembles mine would be Neymar. That’s because I played with a sense of joy and you can see that he feels the same and really enjoys his own play. He doesn’t play for himself or just to entertain the fans – he plays for his team. He uses his quality and skill for the good of the team.”

My favorite Jay-Jay Okocha quotes are, “Sometimes money is not everything.” and “My faith comes before anything. It has also taught me to respect and admire people for what they are and who they are.”

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