Jay Jay Okocha: Mohammed Kudus Names Nigeria Legend as Greatest African Player Ever

Jay Jay Okocha: Mohammed Kudus Names Nigeria Legend as Greatest African Player Ever

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 13, 2024 at 9:46 PM
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  • Mohammed Kudus has disclosed his admiration for Austin Jay Jay Okocha
  • The West Ham star applauded the Nigeria legend for exciting football fans
  • Kudus wants to emulate the former PSG and Bolton Wanderers player

Ghana midfielder Mohammed Kudus has picked Nigeria legend Austin Jay Jay Okocha as his favourite African player.

The West Ham star believes Okocha is the greatest African player ever following his enormous skills and talent during his playing days.

The former Nigeria captain has won several individual and team accolades, including the BBC Player of the Year award and the Goal of the Year in the Bundesliga in 1993.

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Mohammed Kudus celebrates after scoring for West Ham against Crystal Palace. Credit: Julian Finney
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According to Kudus, Okocha's ability to excite supporters with his flair and natural skills makes him the greatest-ever African player.

“I will say Jay Jay Okocha. From explaining on how in my lens I see creative players trying to entertain the game, that can never be washed away and the fans can never forget that the experience and your entertainment you give on the pitch,” Kudus told Sky Sports.
"I know now goals and assists are important but I like creative players and players that entertain the fans. Trying to do something different than passing the ball around," he added.

Kudus is enjoying an outstanding campaign at West Ham and leads the dribblers chart in the English Premier League, as reported by Ghana Soccernet.

The former Ajax attacking midfielder has also scored 13 goals across all competitions and his solo strike against Freiburg won the Goal of the Month.

Kudus joined the Hammers in the summer transfer window from Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam.

Moyes explains Kudus' importance

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that West Ham United manager, David Moyes reiterated the importance of Mohammed Kudus, to his team ahead of their Europa League clash against the unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen.

The 23-year-old has settled in incredibly well since moving to England to join West Ham in the summer transfer window.

Kudus has been one of the best players in the Europa League, scoring four goals in seven games including a Messi-like strike in the match against Freiburg.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.