Okocha: ‘Maybe Kanu had a greater career than me’
Stubbornness ‘cost’ me a bit in my career – Okocha
Both Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu are considered amongst the greatest to have donned the Nigerian colours, but according to the former Super Eagles midfield Marshall, ‘maybe Kanu had a greater career than him.’
Okocha started his career with Enugu Rangers and went on to play in Europe and a brief stint in the middle East – that all lasted for 18 years.
While the 45-year-old’s talent was unmatchable both in the country and on the continent, major club trophies eluded him – and that raises eyebrows amongst some quarters whether he should be consider a great of the game.
Furthermore, it’s being said that Okocha’s counterpart Kanu, who had a tremendous career winning the Champions League amongst host of other major honours representing the likes of Ajax, Arsenal, Inter Milan, amongst others, was a better player than the former Bolton Captain.
Addressing the issue in an interview on OmaSportsTV, Okocha said: “Based on not winning anything with this club, you can say that.
“I’m not in position to decide how people view things, but I would say I had a tremendous career thinking of where I started from. Maybe my stubbornness of trying to prove something out of nothing cost me a bit.
“Not that I didn’t have the opportunity to sign for some big clubs: Paris Saint-German is not a small club, Fenerbache is not a small club in Turkey and Eintracht Frankfurt is not a small club.
Speaking further, the seven-time Nigerian Footballer of the Year winner said his football was about living his mark behind.
“But if I look back, I always leave my mark, wherever I go, he added. “I always open door for the next generation, and that was my mission. You can see success in different ways, but for me, it was all about leaving my legacy wherever I found myself – which I think to an extent I managed to achieve.