“An incredible talent who entertained millions with his silky skills and creative dribbling ability,” CAF tweeted.
In a similar vein, the Nigerian Football Federation joined millions of fans worldwide to celebrate the retired soccer star.
It penned a message to Okocha on Twitter.
“Happy birthday to the magical @IAmOkocha.
Have a good one legend!,” the NFF wrote.
Equally important, Okocha, who was named one of the top 125 living footballers by Pelé in 2014; assisted to win the African Cup Nations in 1994 in Tunisia and gold medal in Atalanta ’96 Olympics.
Meanwhile, France and Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has tested positive for COVID-19.
FC Barcelona made this known on Friday.
However, the test result did not affect their UEFA Champions League quarter-final with Bayern Munich on Friday; as he is injured and not with the squad.
Umtiti is the second Barca player to give a positive test for COVID-19 in the last week.
This was after his fellow French defender Jean-Clair Todibo was diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday; when reporting back for pre-season training. Barca said in a statement that the World Cup winner Umtiti was asymptomatic; in good health and was currently isolating in his home.
Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer.
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