Former Super Eagles captain Austin Jay-Jay Okocha turned 44 on Monday and the world football governing bodies have taken to social media to send the legend congratulatory messages.
The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA), the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), and the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) are among the bodies who have congratulated Super Eagles legend on the occasion.
The NFF wrote, “Happy birthday to the football magician, our legend and [email protected] captain,@IAmOkocha. Thanks for the memories”
— The NFF ?? (@thenff) August 14, 2017
FIFA wrote: “Happy Birthday [email protected] (44), @IAmOkocha (44), Stig Tofting (48) & Freddy Rincon (51).”
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) August 14, 2017
CAF wrote, “Happiest birthday wishes to Nigerian legand Jay Jay Okocha, plays so good they named him twice.”
— CAF (@CAF_Online) August 14, 2017
The Union of European Football Association (UEFA) also sent a congratulatory message using the verified German version of UEFA.com’s Twitter account, “Happy Birthday, Jay-Jay Okocha.”
Happy Birthday, Jay-Jay Okocha! ??? pic.twitter.com/1IoKvpUz1T
— UEFA.com deutsch (@UEFAcom_de) August 14, 2017
The English Premier League wrote, “Happy Birthday @IAmOkocha. Those feet @OfficialBWFC
Happy 44th Birthday @IAmOkocha?
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 14, 2017
Bundes Liga wrote, “Happy Birthday Jay-Jay #Okocha! Because taking players on once is too mainstream @IAmOkocha.
Happy Birthday, Jay-Jay #Okocha!
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) August 14, 2017
Okocha’s nephew, Nigerian international and Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi wrote, “Happy Birthday Uncle J @IAmOkocha
— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) August 14, 2017
Okocha played his first ever game for Nigeria in 1993 in a 2-1 away loss to Cote D’Ivoire in the qualifiers for the USA 1994 World Cup. He also played a key role as the U-23 Eagles won gold in the football event at Atlanta ’96.