BY ANDREW EKEJIUBA
Nigerian soccer legend Jay-Jay Okocha who is regarded as one of the finest African players of all-time has finally opened up on the reason why he didn’t play for big clubs during his career in Europe.
The former Super Eagles attacking midfielder played for the likes of Eintracht Frankfurt, PSG and Fenerbahçe during his career.
However, Okocha said he could have played for bigger clubs but they did not offer him big money.
As a result, he had to go to small clubs and get big contracts.
“It was not easy for an African player to play for top clubs because they don’t pay high wages”, he said.
“When they offer you a contract, the money is small because they see it as doing you a favour.
“That is why I went for clubs that are ready to pay me higher. I had to turn down some offers from big clubs because of wage issues. But things have changed now, as Africans and Nigerians get bigger contracts overseas.”