Super Eagles legend Jay-Jay Okocha is looking forward to the upcoming “clash of titans” between Bafana Bafana and Nigeria in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at FNB Stadium in South Africa on Saturday.
Okocha, who is widely regarded as the best Nigerian player of his generation, hardly misses a fixture between the two countries.
“It will be an interesting game . . . explosive,” said Okocha.
Okocha is currently in Mzansi on a Bundesliga/StarSat legends tour to promote the German top league, looking to increase its fan base on the continent.
“Of course revenge will be on the minds of the Super Eagles players after they lost in the first leg in Uyo,” continued Okocha, who was part of the Nigerian team that knocked Bafana out in the semifinals of the 2000 Afcon tournament.
“As a player you have a chance to prove yourself with the next game. “That defeat might well be the motivation for Nigeria going into the match. It is an opportunity to regain our bragging rights.”
He also questioned the mentality of African players and their lack of hunger to succeed in European leagues. This hampers national teams in international tournaments.
“I think players are really not ambitious anymore. They are scared to go abroad, scared to fight and challenge to be the best. In my day we had that mentality – to go and prove that we belonged among the world’s best.
“These days our players are easily satisfied with little. That mentality has to change. Football federations also need to get the structures right and set themselves targets.”