The previous Arsenal playmaker admitted his affection for the Nigeria legend during his playing stretch in the Turkish first class back in the last part of the 90s.
Mesut Ozil has named Nigeria legend Jay-Jay Okocha as the player he enjoyed the most at Fenerbahce, before he joined the Turkish Super Lig club on a three-and-a-half-year bargain this month.
Okocha joined the Yellow Canaries from German club Eintracht Frankfurt in 1996 and he became well known in Istanbul with his playmaking abilities and his goalscoring strategies.
During his two-year stretch at Fenerbahce, Okocha scored 30 goals in 62 Super Lig appearances and he likewise aided in winning them the Prime Minister’s Cup and Ataturk Cup.
Despite the fact that he was brought up in Germany, Ozil uncovered he was a colossal admirer of the Super Eagles legend during his playing spell in Turkey and he at present likes Dimitrios Pelkas in Erol Bulut’s group.
The 32-year-old offered the expressions during his marking function in Istanbul on Wednesday.
Ozil depicted Okocha as the star he followed at Fenerbahce and he wore his no.10 shirt with the Nigerian legend’s name inscribed at the back.
“About 20-25 years ago, I was an immigrant Turkish kid who was running after the soccer ball with the Fenerbahce shirt with the number 10 Jay Jay Okocha written on his back in the streets of Gelsenkirchen, thankfully, it was my honour to wear this jersey that I have been dreaming of for many years,”
Bundan yaklaşık 20-25 sene kadar önce Gelsenkirchen sokaklarında sırtında 10 numara Jay Jay Okocha yazılı Fenerbahce forması ile futbol topunun peşinde aşkla koşan göçmen bir Türk çocuğuyken bugün çok şükür ki uzun yıllardır hayalini kurduğum bu formayı giyebilmek bana nasip oldu pic.twitter.com/dRzW6NZOsC
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 27, 2021
“Among the players who played in Fenerbahce in the past, I liked Jay-Jay Okocha the most. Now I like Dimitrios Pelkas, with whom we played in the same position. He is a very talented player.”