Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Okocha returns, to earn N97m

Nigeria 2002 World Cup skipper Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has been signed up to star in a lucrative football tournament in India, organisers said.

The top stars could earn as much as $600,000 for eight weeks’ work.
Executive director of Celebrity management Group (CMG), Baswar Goswani, has claimed his company has signed Okocha for the tournament, which is fashioned after the highly successful Indian Premier League (IPL) for cricket.

The other stars include Italy’s World Cup-winning skipper Fabio Cannavaro, France World Cup star Robert Pires as well as former England and Liverpool star Robbie Fowler.

The 38-year-old midfield star, who won Olympic gold as well as the 1994 World Cup with Nigeria, is one
 of several famous stars who are to feature in this eight-week competition, which kicks off February 25.

Jay Jay Okocha

‘Jay Jay’ last featured for Hull City in England in 2008 after featuring for the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Bolton and Fenerbache of Turkey.

He is currently running his business in Lagos and is on the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Last month, he dismissed an offer to feature in an international beach soccer tournament in Lagos.
Recently, he hinted on pursuing a coaching career.

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has also been linked with being one of the coaches of the six teams who will all be based in the Indian state of West Bengal for the first instance.


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