Lagos - Former Super Eagles captain Austin J.J Okocha has
launched a foundation in a bid to give back to the society.
Tagged Jay-Jay Okocha Foundation, the new NGO is founded to
promote education, peace and unity in Nigeria.
Speaking at the official launch in Lagos on Tuesday, the
former Bolton Wonderers captain said part of the focus of the foundation is
getting as many kids in Nigeria back to school through football.
“We also aim at creating jobs by engaging other ex- international
and other Nigerians. We as well plan to create zonal training for youth from
the age of 13 and above.” Okocha said.
Okocha, who will be running the foundation alongside his
elder brother Emmanuel, will get funds from auctioning some of their proceeds
gotten from the game of football over the years.
According to I-naira CEO Hilary Nwaukor, the auctioning of
Okocha’s football items, like boots and jerseys will be carried out by top
Nigerian company I-naira.com after which part of the proceed will be channeled
to Jay-Jay Okocha Foundation.
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The foundation is partnering with Enugu and Ebonyi state
governments and are increasing the number.
In February 2015, Okocha was elected chairman of the Delta
State Football Association, according to a News24
In 1990, Okocha joined Enugu Rangers. In his time at the
club he produced many spectacular displays including one where he rounded off
and scored a goal, against experienced Nigerian goalkeeper William Okpara in a
match against BCC Lions.
Later that year, he went on holiday to West Germany, the
country that had just won the 1990 FIFA World Cup, so he could watch German
league football. His friend Binebi Numa was playing in the Third Division for
Borussia Neunkirchen, and one morning Okocha accompanied Numa to training,
where he asked to join in. The Neunkirchen coach was impressed with Okocha's
skills and invited him back the next day before offering him a contract.
A year later, he joined 1. FC Saarbrücken, but stayed only a
few months with the 2. Bundesliga side before a move to the 1. Bundesliga with
He later played for Fernabahce, Paris St-Germain, Bolton
Wonderers and Hull City.For
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