El-Hadji Diouf, former Senegal international, has said Nigeria’s Austin Jay Jay Okocha is the most talented African footballer he has seen.
Okocha, notable for his dribbling skills and trickery on the ball, is regarded as one of the finest footballers to have come out of the continent.
The 47-year-old was part of the Super Eagles side that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, and Nigeria’s U-23 team that won gold medal in the football event of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
However, the former Paris Saint-Germain player failed to win a major title at club level, compared with the likes of Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o, who are ranked ahead of him in the list of Africa’s greatest footballers.
Despite not winning any trophy at club level, Diouf believes Okocha is the most talented footballer he has come across in Africa.
“Today I respect what they [Drogba and Eto’o] have achieved in football and I
will always defend them,” Diouf told RSI.
“The most talented of African footballers, who have played the game on the
continent, since I was born, is Jay Jay Okocha.”