Okocha at 47: FIFA, CAF, NFF laud legend

Okocha at 47: FIFA, CAF, NFF laud legend
The World football governing body, FIFA, has felicitated with former Super Eagles’ skipper and midfielder, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, on his 47th birthday.
The global body in its congratulatory messages via Twitter said: “A Super Eagle and a sensational talent Magic wand.
“Happy birthday to born entertainer Jay-Jay Okocha.”
Also, the Confederation of African Football on its official Twitter handle passed glowing tribute at the former Nigeria international.

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“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.

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