Super Eagles and Bolton Wanderers legend Okocha to visit Nairobi with Premier League trophy
Nigerian legend Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha is scheduled for an exclusive appearance in Nairobi, Kenya, alongside the coveted English Premier League trophy, Soccernet.ng reports.
Widely regarded as one of Africa’s greatest-ever players, Okocha’s visit is highly anticipated in Kenya.
Okocha, who turned 50 recently, left an indelible mark on the sport through his standout performances in the 1994, 1998, and 2002 World Cup editions, as well as with the Dream Team at the 1996 Olympic Games.
His Premier League stint with Bolton Wanderers, following a free transfer from Paris Saint Germain in 2002, solidified his reputation as a football maestro.
According to Premier League records, Okocha featured in 124 matches, netting 14 goals and bagging 11 assists during his time in the league.
The midfield maestro was named BBC Player of the Year twice.
With an ardent following across Africa, Jay-Jay Okocha has been chosen as the designated legend to bring the prestigious Premier League trophy to Nairobi, as per Nairobi News.
The exclusive viewing event is scheduled to run from September 1 to September 2, 2023.
The pinnacle of this event will transpire on Saturday, September 2, 2023, at the Carnivore Grounds. Fans can attend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., ensuring a full day of football excitement.
In a statement released by Castrol, the official partner of the Premier League, they expressed their intent to forge a deeper connection between fans and the league through this event.
“This event promises to give fans an exclusive opportunity to witness the cherished Premier League Trophy, connecting them more closely with the League,” stated the press release.
Mr. Ed Savage, Castrol Kenya’s Country Manager, highlighted the significance of this event, saying,
“The Premier League Trophy event in Kenya is a significant moment for football lovers in the region. Castrol is an official partner of the Premier League, and we are thrilled to offer this unique experience to our passionate football community in collaboration with RUBiS Energy Kenya.
“The event promises to be more than just a viewing; it is an immersion into football’s rich tapestry, complete with interactive games, vibrant music, and the exclusive opportunity to witness the trophy up close.”
The Premier League, renowned for offering some of the world’s most competitive football, has garnered a massive global following.
Clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea, the league’s most prominent teams, have harnessed the power and popularity of the competition to inspire fans, communities, and partners in the UK and worldwide.
With the Premier League accessible in 900 million homes spanning 189 countries, this event promises to celebrate football’s universal appeal.