By Akeem Busari
Like the proverbial gold fish that has no hiding place, the goodness of mercurial African football legend has found him, with his latest recognition by the Federal Government of Nigeria as an Officer Of The Niger, OON.
More than his untold impact on the football world, this great Nigerian has remained very important to the verve and vitality of Nigerian and world football. So much so, he was too good, they named him twice as; Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha.
Speaking on the latest feat of the mercurial legend, Prince Dapo Ajibade, the Chief Executive Officer of Abaj Multilinks Company, the organisers of the event, enthused that the latest honour bestowed on Okocha is a true testimonial of his importance to the development of continental and global football.
“We’re happy and proud of the latest honour given to Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, the facilitator of the epochal African Heroes Penalty Cup.
“Beyond anything, this honour, has proven that the African Heroes Penalty Cup, is set to change the narratives, as it concerns the past, present and future of our football.
“African Heroes Penalty Cup, is a very important factor in the development and growth of football globally. In the next few months, world football would be better for it, because of the expected impact, this epochal tournament would have on the global football community, “, Ajibade, the former Chairman of Ondo State Football Agency and CEO of Abaj Multilinks Company, the organisers of African Heroes Penalty Cup enthused confidently.