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Jay Jay Okocha shines in Rabat, Morocco




Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat-Morocco

Nigeria and African football legend, the Mercurial Austin Jay Jay Okocha was the trophy bearer of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations at the final match at the Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat on Saturday night.

Fifteen minutes to the kick off, dressed in navy blue suit, he walked majestically to the podium where he placed the cup.

Just as his name was announced, the jam packed stadium gave him a ravishing applause which he  acknowledged. He was one of the African legends invited to the finals of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations.

The others were Elhadji Douf (Senegal), Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo), Asamaoh Gyan (Ghana) Alexandre Song (Cameroon) Arthur Boka of Cote  d’Ivoire and Karim Haggui of Tunisia.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.