Jay-Jay Okocha

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Jay-Jay Okocha
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Okocha playing in a 2017 charity match
Personal information
Full name Augustine Azuka Okocha[1]
Date of birth (1973-08-14) 14 August 1973 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Youth career
Enugu Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Borussia Neunkirchen 35 (7)
1992–1996 Eintracht Frankfurt 90 (18)
1996–1998 Fenerbahçe 62 (30)
1998–2002 Paris Saint-Germain 84 (12)
2002–2006 Bolton Wanderers 124 (14)
2006–2007 Qatar SC 41 (6)
2007–2008 Hull City 18 (0)
Total 454 (89)
National team
1993–2006 Nigeria 73 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Augustine Azuka Okocha (/əˈkɒə/ ə-KOTCH; born 14 August 1973), commonly known as Jay-Jay Okocha, is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He played 73 times for the Nigeria national team between 1993 and 2006, scoring 14 times, and was a member of three FIFA World Cup squads. He is known as one of the greatest football players from Africa.[2]

Career statistics[change | change source]

Club[change | change source]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Eintracht Frankfurt 1992–93[3] Bundesliga 20 2 3 1 3[a] 0 26 3
1993–94[3] Bundesliga 19 2 2 0 4[a] 2 25 4
1994–95[3] Bundesliga 27 7 2 0 7[a] 0 36 7
1995–96[3] Bundesliga 24 7 1 1 4[b] 3 29 11
Total 90 18 8 2 18 5 116 25
Fenerbahçe 1996–97[3] 1.Lig 33 16 3 1 1[c] 0 8[d] 1 45 18
1997–98[3] 1.Lig 29 14 0 0 2[a] 0 31 14
Total 62 30 3 1 1 0 10 1 76 32
Paris Saint-Germain 1998–99[3] French Division 1 25 4 0 0 2 0 2[e] 1 29 5
1999–2000[3] French Division 1 23 2 1 0 3 0 26 2
2000–01[3] French Division 1 16 2 1 0 1 0 6[d] 1 24 3
2001–02[3] French Division 1 20 4 2 0 2 1 9[f] 5 33 10
Total 84 12 4 0 8 1 17 7 112 20
Bolton Wanderers 2002–03[4] Premier League 31 7 0 0 0 0 31 7
2003–04[4] Premier League 35 0 0 0 6 3 41 3
2004–05[4] Premier League 31 6 1 0 1 1 33 7
2005–06[4] Premier League 27 1 3 0 0 0 7[a] 0 37 1
Total 124 14 4 0 7 4 7 0 142 18
Hull City 2007–08[3] Championship 18 0 0 0 1 0 19 0
Career total 378 74 19 3 17 5 52 13 465 95
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. Appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup
  3. Appearance in Turkish Super Cup
  4. 4.0 4.1 Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  5. Appearances in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  6. Six appearances and five goals in UEFA Intertoto Cup, three appearances in UEFA Cup

International[change | change source]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Nigeria[5] 1993 3 1
1994 11 0
1995 5 1
1996 1 0
1997 5 0
1998 5 0
1999 1 0
2000 7 4
2001 8 1
2002 12 1
2003 3 1
2004 8 4
2005 2 1
2006 2 0
Total 73 14
Scores and results list Nigeria's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Okocha goal.[6]
List of international goals scored by Jay-Jay Okocha
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 July 1993 Lagos, Nigeria  Algeria 1–1 4–1 1994 World Cup qualifier
2 11 June 1995 Boston, United States  United States 1–0 2–3 1995 US Cup
3 23 January 2000 Lagos, Nigeria  Tunisia 1–0 4–2 2000 African Cup of Nations
4 2–1
5 13 February 2000 Lagos, Nigeria  Cameroon 2–2 2–2 2000 African Cup of Nations
6 17 June 2000 Lagos, Nigeria  Sierra Leone 1–0 2–0 2002 World Cup qualifier
7 1 July 2001 Omdurman, Sudan  Sudan 3–0 4–0 2002 World Cup qualifier
8 26 March 2002 London, England  Paraguay 1–1 1–1 Friendly
9 26 July 2003 Watford, England  Venezuela 1–0 1–0 Friendly
10 31 January 2004 Monastir, Tunisia  South Africa 2–0 4–0 2004 African Cup of Nations
11 8 February 2004 Monastir, Tunisia  Cameroon 1–1 2–1 2004 African Cup of Nations
12 11 February 2004 Tunis, Tunisia  Tunisia 1–0 1–1 2004 African Cup of Nations
13 13 February 2004 Monastir, Tunisia  Mali 1–0 2–1 2004 African Cup of Nations
14 18 June 2005 Kano, Nigeria  Angola 1–0 1–1 2006 World Cup qualifier

Honours[change | change source]

Borussia Neunkirchen

Fenerbahçe

Paris Saint-Germain

Bolton Wanderers

Hull City

Nigeria U23

Nigeria

Individual

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream Publishing. p. 319. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8.
  2. "Okocha - How Football world celebrated Bolton and Nigeria legend at 47". goal.com. Retrieved 28 January 2022.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 "Jay-Jay Okocha Stats". FBREF. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Jay Jay Okocha". Premier League. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  5. Passo Alpuin, Luis Fernando (13 January 2022). "Augustine Okocha - International Appearances". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 21 January 2022.
  6. "Augustine Okocha – International Appearances". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 March 2021.
  7. "August 1993 - Okocha" (in German). Sportschau. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  8. "FIFA Technical Study Group designates MasterCard All-Star Team". FIFA.com. 10 July 1998. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  9. "Jay Jay Okocha: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  10. "Okocha named best player of tournament". IOL. 14 February 2004. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  11. "IFFHS". IFFHS. 29 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.

Other websites[change | change source]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sunday Oliseh
Nigeria captain
2002–2006
Succeeded by
Nwankwo Kanu

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