Former Cameroon forward Samuel Eto’o is convinced that Nigerian legend Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha was as talented and magical as Brazilian great Ronaldinho Gaucho.
In what Eto’o described as ‘the injustice of world football,’ the Cameroon FA President expressed his displeasure that the ex-Super Eagles captain did not receive as many accolades during his career as his former Barcelona teammate.
Okocha enjoyed a successful career spanning almost two decades and won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 with the Super Eagles.
He was also instrumental to Nigeria winning Africa’s first Olympic gold at Atlanta ’96.
But while Ronaldinho went on to win two FIFA World Player of the Year awards and a Ballon d’Or, Okocha never came close to claiming any of those global honours before calling time on his career in 2008.
However, the Cameroonian international insisted that Okocha was as talented as Brazilian great.
“It’s the injustice of world football,” Eto’o said, as per Onvoitout.
“What we saw Ronaldinho do a few years ago, Jay-Jay (Okocha) had done 10 or 15 years before and he never had the recognition of others. And that’s what happens when it comes to Africa.”