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Nigeria's Okocha reveals reasons for retiring at 34

Nigeria's Okocha reveals reasons for retiring at 34

19 Mar 2019, 14:20

Super Eagles legend, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, has explained why he made a decision to call time on his football career at the age of 34.

The former Paris Saint Germain and Bolton Wanderers midfielder announced his retirement, which he views as ‘early’, at Hull City in 2008.

Okocha revealed to Nigerian media that limited game time helped make his decision to end his playing days.

“I must confess that [not getting a lot of playing time] was one of the main reasons why I retired from playing at a very young age,” Okocha told Media Men.

“I believe that it is not worth it to train from Monday to Friday just to have 20 minutes on the pitch or sit on the bench on Saturday. I am very competitive,” Okocha concluded.

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