We celebrate football legends this day August 14
Former Nigerian football striker and former head coach of the Nigerian Men National football team (The Super Eagles) from 2010 to October 2011.
At club level, Siasia most notably played for French team “FC Nantes” where he became league champion in 1994/95. He also played for Australian club Perth Glory” with fellow Nigerian Peter Anosike, as well as in Belgium, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
He played 51 international matches for Nigeria, in which he scored thirteen goals, and was part of the team that participated in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and won the 1994 African Nations Cup. He was also a member of the Nigerian team that won bronze at 1992 African Nations Cup in Senegal. He participated in the National Team over a period of 11 years and was recognized in Nigeria as the third leading scorer for the National Team.
In November 2009, the main field at the Yenagoa Township Stadium was named in his honor. Samson Siasia was born 14 August 1967 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Jay Jay Okocha
Augustine Azuka Okocha popularly known by the name Jay Jay Okocha is one of Nigerian’s football icons. He is widely regarded as the best Nigerian player of his generation.
Okocha made his official debut for Nigeria in their 2–1 1994 FIFA World Cup Qualifier away loss against Ivory Coast in May 1993.It was not until his second cap and home debut that he became a favourite with the Nigerian supporters.
In 1990, he joined Enugu Rangers where he showed off his impressive skills at the club
Okocha joined Eintracht Frankfurt in December 1991, where he linked up with many well-known players including Ghanaian international striker Tony Yeboah and later Thomas Doll.
In 1996, Okocha became a member of an arguably more successful Nigerian side, their Olympic gold winning side at the Atlanta Games
Okocha played for Bolton Wanderers, Süper Lig team Fenerbahçe,
Okocha joined Turkish club Fenerbahçe for approximately £1 million following Eintracht Frankfurt’s relegation to the 2. Bundesliga. In his two seasons with the team, he amassed 30 goals in 60 appearances,
In 1998, French side Paris Saint-Germain spent around £14 million on Okocha, making him the most expensive African player at the time.
Okocha joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer after leaving PSG in the summer of 2002 after the FIFA World Cup.
The next season saw Okocha receive more responsibility as he was given the captain’s armband following Guðni Bergsson’s retirement. As captain he led Bolton to their first cup final in nine years where they finished runners-up in the 2004 Football League Cup.
In March 2004, he was named among the top 125 living footballers by Pelé.
Jay Jay Okocha was born 14th of August 1973.