Jay-Jay Okocha Biography, Career, Awards, Net Worth

Who is Jay-Jay Okocha?
Who is Jay-Jay Okocha?

Augustine Azuka Okocha, known better as Jay-Jay Okocha, is a Nigerian former professional player, who is widely known for always representing Nigeria. 

In this post, I will share Augustine Azuka Okocha’s biography, early childhood, career, personal life, net worth, and some other interesting things you probably didn’t know about him. Let’s start with his early life and education. 

Jay-Jay Okocha Biography 

The Nigerian professional football player, widely known for always representing Nigeria, Jay-Jay Okocha was born on the 14th of August 1973 in Enugu State. 

Although he was born and raised in Enugu State, a state in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria, Jay-Jay’s parents are from Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State. 

Notably, he got his nickname ‘Jay-Jay’ from his brother, James, who is also a footballer known as Jay Jay. Moreover, Jay-Jay Okocha has another elders brother who was a footballer at the time. Emmanuel is his name while Emma-Jay Jay is his nickname.

Unlike Jay-Jay’s brothers, the name ‘Jay-Jay’ became a name he is widely known for, and the name he identifies with. What’s more, Augustine Azuka Okocha has a nephew, Alex Iwobi who is also a footballer. He plays for Nigeria and Arsenal. 

Early Career 

Azuka Okocha has achieved so much for himself in the industry. A popular and a household name, Jay-Jay Okocha started his career in the industry as far back as the early ’90s when he played for Borussia Neunkirchen (1990–1992). 

Before he started playing for Borussia Neunkirchen, Jay-Jay Okocha played football with his mates at a young age. Some boys played with anything that was round in the neighborhood at the time. 

With this, Augustine Azuka Okocha was discovered in 1990 when he first joined Rangers International Football Club, otherwise known as Enugu Ranger. 

This became the turning point of his career as he broke the record at the time. Now, he is known for all his notable achievements and services to the country. 

Honors of Jay-Jay Okocha 

Since he started a career in the sports industry as a football player and especially an attacking midfielder, Jay-Jay has been honored on many occasions. These are some of his honors among others: 

BBC Goal of the Month, April 2003

Premier League Player of the Month, November 2003

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (Reserve), 1998

The goal of the Year (Germany), 1993

Nigerian Footballer of the Year: 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005; runner-up: 1996

BBC African Footballer of the Year, 2003,2004

African Cup of Nations Best Player, 2004

Bolton Wanderers Player of the Year, 2004/2005

African Footballer of the Year runner-up, 1998

One of the top 125living footballers, Pele, 2004

African Cup of Nations Golden Boot, 2004

Net Worth of Jay-Jay 

Altogether, Augustine Azuka Okocha’s net worth is estimated to be $15 million. As you may have imagined, he earns his net worth from his in the sports industry as a footballer. 

Over to you, what else do you want to know about Jay-Jay Okocha? Tell me about it with a comment box. 

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