Nigeria legend, Sunday Oliseh has come out to reveal that many of his teammates were frustrated with Okocha’s constant dribbling in training. He recently had his say while speaking to the press, and fans have been reacting.
According to him, the fact is that most people will say Jay-Jay was a very difficult footballer to play with because of his skills, even if he personally felt Okocha made it easy for him to play alongside him.
Oliseh added that he was actually the only one who could tell Okocha to stop dribbling and pass the ball.
His words, “With Jay-Jay, most people would say he was a difficult player to play with, as teammates, as defensive players.”
“But I personally had a way, an understanding with Jay-Jay that made it easy for me to play with him. There was one particular game, I’ll share a story with you. We were playing and Jay-Jay was doing his normal thing and Nigerian fans were going crazy.”
“In our team, as much as we disagreed, every player was a king in their position. We had match winners – most of the players could win games but if someone did something bad in the group, the defenders always tell me, ‘Sunday tell am o.”
“They knew I was the only one who could say to Jay-Jay that ‘my man, release the ball, and Jay-Jay would release.”
“There was one particular game, he was doing it and we lost the ball. And the ball was coming and Taribo [West] was going crazy about him.”
“And he lost the ball one more time, and I told him ‘hey my man, I’m tired of running. And the next time he went on dribbling and lost the ball. I left the man. I let the opponent pass and they almost scored. Taribo went crazy, he crossed ahead of me and I had to grab him. Don’t joke with Taribo. He wants to win. He’s fanatical about winning.”
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