Nigerian former professional footballer and football Legend, Augustine Azuka Okocha, known professionally as Jay Jay Okocha on Saturday announced that he is set out to hunt for new talents capable of stepping into his big shoes, and he will be doing so in collaboration with the German Bundesliga
He announced this on Saturday the 9th of July, 2022, at the opening ceremony of a new 5-aside football pitch in Lagos built by Bundesliga, the topmost German Football league.
Jay Jay Okocha whose fame spread across Germany when he scored one of the most iconic goals in football after a sensational dribble of Oliver Kahn and five defenders to hit the net, noted that even after his iconic goal against goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn, he and the goalkeeper still share a cordial relationship
He said; “Well, I’ve seen him after that. We are not enemies. We are all just doing our jobs and I’m delighted I scored that goal. It was a goal that introduced me to Europe and it’s still a special goal.”
The new pitch built at LSDPC Estate, Meran Lagos is part of Bundesliga’s programme for global pitch refurbishment activation in support of football, with the novel event tagged “Common Ground”.
According to Okocha, the facility will “keep the youth away from trouble.”
He promised to visit the pitch “from time to time.” The community also noted the structure will help curb menace while promising to maintain it.
“Bundesliga didn’t just put this here. They are exposing us to the world,” one of the youth said.
According to Public Relations Manager of StarTimes, Lazarus Ibeabuchi, the pitch is one of many developmental projects that StarTimes is in partnership with.