Okocha: I did enough to win CAF Best Award
Okocha: No regret over my career, but I could have achieved more
Jay-Jay Okocha believes he did well enough to have won the most revered award on the African continent.
The former Super Eagles midfielder and Captain came third on the award list in the 2003 and 2004 and was the runner up in 1998.
But in 1998 many believed Okocha should have edged winner Mustapha Hadji to the gong, while in 2004, where he won the Best player at African Cup of Nations, he came third behind Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba on the award list – as many also held the opinion he should have been the outright winner of the award.
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Reminiscing on his career, Okocha who represented the likes of Bolton Wanderers, PSG, Eintracht Frankfurt, amongst others said he had no regret over how his footballing career went.
“Maybe I did enough to have won the CAF player of the year,” Okocha told OmaSportTV. “But I have to take it on a chain and said that at times in life you don’t get what you deserve.
“But honestly speaking, I’ve no regret because if I look at my humble beginning and what I achieved – I never thought I could play for the national team, I never thought I could had a career that lasted 18 years in Europe.
“Based on the potential I possessed as a football player, I thought I could have done more, but honestly speaking I’ve no regret.”
In 73 appearances for the Super Eagles, Okocha scored 14 goals, and helped the country to winning the AFCON championship in 1994 and also qualification for her first ever World Cup same year.
The former Bolton Wanderers Captain was part of the team that won the Olympics Gold Medal at Atlanta 1996.