Jay Jay Okocha Clarifies His Stance on Preferring to Watch EPL Over NPFL, Video

Jay Jay Okocha Clarifies His Stance on Preferring to Watch EPL Over NPFL, Video

Raphael Abiola
updated at October 11, 2023 at 9:50 AM
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  • Austin Jay Jay Okocha has explained the bold statement he made about the NPFL and the EPL
  • The former Bolton Wanderers midfielder disclosed the reason behind his preference between both leagues
  • The Super Eagles legend listed what should be done to make the NPFL better and more appealing to fans

Nigerian legendary midfielder, Austin Jay Jay Okocha has clarified his stance on his preference to watch the English Premier League (EPL) over the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).

The former Bolton Wanderers star was criticised heavily a few months ago when he made the statement, with Nigerian fans claiming he was wrong to say such since he is a product of the local league.

The former Hull City midfielder played in the Nigerian League during his heyday, but didn't stay long in the local league before he moved to Europe.

Jay Jay Okocha has clarified his statement about his English Premier League and NPFL. Photo: Gokhan Kavak.
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In a recent interview with Brila FM, the former PSG midfielder said it wouldn't be fair to cover up or lie to the people about the Nigerian league.

"At this stage in my life, I think it will be unfair to lie to our people," he said.
"For me to be covering up, if we are talking about getting better, if we are talking about improving, if we are talking about meeting our expectations."

Okocha further explained why he made the statement earlier, and why it hurts so much that the local league is not improving.

"I think it is high time we start telling each other the truth," he added.
"I said that I would prefer to watch the [English] Premier League on television than watching our Nigerian Professional Football League because we are not where we are supposed to be because it hurts to see that the efforts we all put in, that nothing has been built on it."

Okocha chooses between Messi, Ronaldo

Sports Brief previously reported on Okocha commenting on the GOAT debate as the argument continues to rage between fans of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The Argentine and the Portuguese superstars have reigned supreme for years, causing fans, pundits, and even players to remain divided on which of them is greater.

While Okocha acknowledged the extraordinary accomplishments of both Messi and Ronaldo in football, the former Bolton playmaker has a definite favourite in his view.

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Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.