Chelsea Star Picks Super Eagles Legends Austin Jay Jay Okocha and Mikel Obi as Role Models

Chelsea Star Picks Super Eagles Legends Austin Jay Jay Okocha and Mikel Obi as Role Models

Raphael Abiola
updated at December 5, 2023 at 8:19 AM
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  • Chelsea star disclosed his admiration for Super Eagles legends Jay Jay Okocha and Mikel Obi
  • The Blues youngster claimed the former Nigerian national team captains inspired him a lot
  • Okocha and Mikel Obi didn't feature for the Super Eagles together for long

Super Eagles legends Austin Jay Jay Okocha and John Mikel Obi have been chosen as role models by one of Chelsea's youngsters.

Okocha and Mikel Obi had stellar years for the Nigerian national team during their heydays but didn't feature together for long.

Okocha was already edging toward retirement for the Super Eagles before Mikel Obi joined the team fully.

Lesley Ugochukwu
Lesley Ugochukwu, Nicolas Jackson, Axel Disasi celebrate Chelsea's goal against Tottenham Hotspur. Photo: Alex Pantling.
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Despite not playing together for long in the national team, Chelsea summer signing Lesley Ugochukwu has picked both players as his role models, according to a report by Complete Sports as per

"Most of the time, when I saw him [Mikel Obi] on television, was the period with Jose Mourinho. It was a great period. He was such an important player for Chelsea," he said.
"And when you come from Nigeria, the names of Jay Jay Okocha and Mikel Obi always come out."

The former Rennes star also spoke about the different areas he was inspired by Mikel Obi as a midfielder.

"As a midfielder, what Mikel did for Chelsea inspired me a lot. He was calm. He had composure. He had self-confidence. That’s very important for a midfielder, to give confidence to your team," he added.
"He was strong without the ball, aggressive. That’s the kind of player I like. I want to have great achievements like he did."

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Ugochukwu discloses why he joined Chelsea

Sports Brief previously reported on Ugochukwu disclosing the reason he joined Premier League side Chelsea in the summer.

The youngster joined the Blues from French Ligue 1 side Rennes for a reported fee of €27million.

In an interview with L’equipe, as per GFFN, the Chelsea midfielder claimed that he decided to join the Premier League side due to his desire to play for a top club.

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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.