Liberian legend George Weah has said that former Nigerian midfielder, Austin Okocha is the most skillful player on the continent.
Known for his stepovers, skill, technique, and being ‘so good that they named him twice’ – a line immortalised in a terrace chant while Okocha played for Bolton Wanderers.
Weah compared Okocha to one of Ghana’s greatest players in Abedi Pele, saying Okocha is the most talented player on the African continent. Retired Ghanaian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder, and who served as captain of the Ghana national team is regarded as one of the greatest African footballers of all time.
Weah said ‘Jay Jay’ is more skilled and claims that he, himself, came nowhere close to the Super Eagles legend saying,
“Abedi is a strong player, he’s a creative player but Jay Jay is more skillful. Even me, Jay Jay has more techniques than me.”
Check out the video of Jay-Jay below:
Yeah goes on to say,
“All the things that Jay Jay does on the field, we don’t even do one percent of it. “So Jay Jay is a legend when it comes to that; he is very creative, he is very smart and he knows how to do tricks.’ ”For me I don’t do tricks, I will score a good goal and when I am squeezed up, I know how to run around. But to put the ball on the ground and play with it, I give it to Jay Jay; he is an entertainer,”
The retired Weah is reportedly contesting to be Liberia’s next President.
— George WEAH Official (@GeorgeWeahOff) May 16, 2017
Liberian humanitarian, politician, and retired professional footballer who played as a striker, Weah is regarded as one of the greatest African players of all-time and as one of the best forwards of his generation. In 1995 he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or, becoming the first African player to win these awards. In 1989, 1994 and 1995, he was named the African Footballer of the Year, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century. Known for his acceleration and dribbling ability in addition to his finishing, Weah was described by FIFA as “the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today”. In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players.