Former Super Eagles captain Austin Jay Jay Okocha has admitted that he prefers watching the European leagues to the Nigeria Professional Football League.
Okocha made this declaration during the English Premier League trophy tour in Nairobi, Kenya.
The former Bolton Wanderers midfielder said the NPFL need to upgrade its standard to attract quality sponsors.
He urged the NPFL board to tap from the Europeans and make improvements where needed.
“I don’t think I’d watch the Nigerian League if there is a Premier League match on television, that is if I am being honest, because the Premier League is more attractive,” he stated.
“We need to go back to the drawing board and give ourselves time and put something together that will make our leagues attractive.”
Augustine Azuka Okocha commonly known as ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.
He played 73 times for the Nigeria national team between 1993 and 2006, scoring 14 times, and was a member of three FIFA World Cup squads.
He is regarded as one of the greatest football players from Africa and the most talented Ngerian footballer of all time.
In 2003 and 2004, Okocha won the BBC African footballer of the year and is among the only four players (Nigeria’s Nwankwo Kanu, Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah) to have won the award more than once, with two wins.
Okocha has also won the Nigerian Footballer of the Year Award 7 times, having made 73 appearances for the Super Eagles, with whom he won the Summer 1996 Olympics with as well as the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 1994.