Nigerian legend Austin Jay Jay Okocha has admitted that he felt honoured to be an idol to “world star” Mesut Ozil.
Ozil had disclosed that he wore Fenerbahce shirt with Okocha’s legendary Jersey number 10 when he was a boy.
“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,” the former Germany international tweeted.
Okocha who won two titles during his stint in Istanbul, tipped the ex-Arsenal star to boost Fenerbahce’s charge for the Super Lig crown this season. They are two points behind leaders Besiktas.
“I was very happy. I did not know about the last tweet Mesut Ozil posted,” Okocha told Goal. “It is very pleasing to be the idol of such a world star player, to inspire him.
“Mesut is a world-class player. It is a very good thing [for him] to come to Fenerbahce. I think he will definitely be successful in Fenerbahce.”
Before retiring as a player, Okocha had spells in Germany, England, France and Turkey, and he thinks Ozil is treading a similar path having previously played in Germany and England.
“Mesut’s career is similar to mine; we both played in Germany and England and he came to Fenerbahce like me now. I am very happy,” he concluded.