Former teammates of Nigeria Football Legend, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, have applauded the recent move by midfield maestro to float a foundation which is targeted at helping the less privileged; especially those that dropped out of school.
Augustine Eguavoen, Mutiu Adepoju as well as ex-goalkeeper, Peter Rufai, all commended the initiative of Okocha at finding a means of reaching back to the society that contributed to his blossoming into an internationally-acclaimed figure.
For Rufai, the latest move by Okocha is a pointer to his brilliance on and off the pitch. He advised the 42-year old former Eagles captain should use his name and all that is within its disposal to help unite Nigeria the more.
“I am really happy with what Okocha has set out to do again with this Foundation,” Rufai told journalists in Lagos.
“I offer my full support to this course and also implore Okocha to use his name to further unite this country; starting from his region in the South East.”
Rufai said he was impressed that aside targeting children that have dropped out of school, Okocha through his Foundation is also looking at helping ex-internationals who are at the moment wallowing in poverty.
The duo of Adepoju and Eguavoen also echoed the sentiments of Rufai as they praised Okocha for choosing to give back to the society.
The two former Eagles stars also pledged their full support adding that they are positive many others will borrow a leaf from what Okocha has chosen to do.
On July 5, two brothers and former Nigerian National Football players (Emmanuel and Austin) unveiled a charity organisation (JAY-JAY OKOCHA FOUNDATION) at a world press conference held at i-naira.com digital hub in Ikoyi.
The primary objective of the foundation is to use football to raise awareness on the importance of education, peace and unity for the economic growth of Nigeria.
The Foundation will be raising funds through sales and auctioning of football memorabilia especially those belonging to the founders (Jay-Jay Okocha) for charitable causes.
Okocha said his foundation had entered into an agreement with an online auctioning firm, I-Naira.com, to auction his memorabilia, covering the nearly three decades of his illustrious career.
“I have been looking forward to this day, to create a platform to give back to the society what football has given me.”Okocha stated.
The president of Certified Institute of Auctioneer, Nigeria, Adeleke Hassan, said more Okocha memorabilia will go up on sale from August after realizing N260, 000 from the sale of his maiden foundation jersey.
The Okocha Foundation also hopes to raise funds through testimonial matches that will attract big ticket sponsorship and donors to the cause of the project.