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Jay-Jay Okocha

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“So good, they named him twice,” Jay-Jay Okocha is a great footballer from Nigeria. In fact, Nigeria named him the Nigerian Footballer of the Year, many, many times (1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005). Other awards include the FIFA 100, 2003 and 2004 BBC African Footballer of the Year, November 2003 Premier League Player of the Month, and 2005 Bolton Wanderers Footballer of the Year. Okocha also played on the 1998 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team, in the 1994 African Cup of Nations, 1995 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations, and 1996 Olympics to name just a few of his many championship appearances.

As a midfielder, Okocha scored 85 career goals out of 454 appearances and 15 goals out of 75 national team appearances. Okocha is known for scoring an epic goal in 1993. So epic, it was named Goal of the Year in Germany.

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