Jay Jay Okocha’s nephew Iwobi refuses to be compared with uncle 


Nigeria midfielder Alex Iwobi has refused to be drawn into comparisons with his legendary uncle, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha.

Iwobi sarcastically said Okocha, who enjoyed an illustrious career, never left any shoes for him to fill.

Instead, the Everton star says the former Super Eagles captain carved a niche for himself and stressed he is doing the same.

“Yes, I admire my uncle greatly and was such a gifted star player in his playing days,” Iwobi told ThisDay.

“For me to pick his shoes because of my relationship with him means I have to leave the pitch and go back to the dressing room for such favour but that will mean I’m no longer active to do what I know best.

“I think the best answer to this recurrent question is that Okocha created a shoe for himself, no matter how big but I want to express myself and continue to develop my footballing career.

“It’s a good thing to aim to better my uncle’s achievements but he has set such a high standard that the best thing to do is to remain focused since age is still very much on my side,” he explained.

By Mthokozisi Dube

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