– Austin Okocha says players should not expect to be rich after playing at the Olympics
– Okocha says playing football in Europe removed poverty from his family
– Okocha won gold for Nigeria at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics with the Dream Team
Former Super Eagles captain Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha says footballers should not expect to be rich when ever they play for Nigeria.
Austin Okocha in action for Nigeria
Speaking in reaction to the monetary issues the Dream Team is faced with, Okocha says the players should rather be proud they are representing Nigeria than hope to make money doing so.
Money problems have marred the team’s march to the semi-finals of the Rio Olympics.
“You can’t get rich playing for Nigeria, you will get exposure and touch lives,” Okocha, who clocked 43 years on Sunday told Dream Team,
“We have to look beyond match bonuses when playing for our country.”
‘Jay Jay’ recalled how his turning professional in Germany wiped out poverty from his family.
“The decision to take the flight to Germany took away poverty from my family,” he recounted.
Okocha, who won Olympic Gold in 1996 and featured at three World Cups for Nigeria. He played for Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany), PSG (France), Fenerbache (Turkey), Bolton, Hull City (England) at club level.