Okocha: Kuffuor Brought Out the Best in Me

By Daily Sports on May 2, 2019

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Nigeria legend Augustine Jay-Jay Okocha has named former Ghana international Samuel Osei Kuffour as the toughest defender face during his playing days.

The erstwhile Super Eagles captain and playmaker Okocha is regarded by many as one the most naturally gifted African players to have played the beautiful game.

He is also fondly remembered for his days in the English Premier League with Bolton Wanderers and Hull City, his time in France with PSG and his spell with German outfit

Eintracht Frankfurt.

It was during his spell in Germany where he, on a number of occasions, came up against Kuffour, who played for giants Bayern Munich between 1993 and 2005.

“I realised at a very young age that I had a gift to do special things with the ball. My biggest opponent was ‘me’. I knew I was in charge when with the ball,” Okocha said, as reported by Citinewsroom.

“But on the toughest defenders I faced, I would say that my African brothers were the ones.

“We have the same mentality and thought the same way.

“Osei Kuffour was the toughest of them all.

“There was a game that he kept following and marking me and I asked him, ‘O boy, take it easy, look at the way you are breathing down on my neck’ and he replied that ‘sorry, I got work to do’.

“He brought out the best in me.”

Okocha, who has also clashed with Kuffuor at international stage, and played a key part as Nigeria won gold at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atalanta. (Goal)

•Photo shows Jay Jay Okocha

Source Daily Sports

Posted May 2, 2019


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