Former AFC Leopards midfielder, Francis Xavier, has said that he was surprised that Nigeria is yet to produce another great star, Austin Jay Jay Okocha. The creative midfielder helped Nigeria to win the 1994 Afcon and played a huge role as the team finished second in 2000 and third in 2002, 2004 and 2006. He was also in the team that won the 1996 Olympic Games as well as the Afro-Asian Cup of Nations in 1995. “He won many individual and collective awards but he remained humble and disciplined until his retirement,” Xavier added. read also:‘Mikel is great but Okocha is Eagles’ all-time best’ “Nigeria are still struggling to find his replacement who can consistently deliver for the team and help them hit greater heights.” Okocha made 75 appearances for the Super Eagles, scoring 14 goals in the process. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 46-year-old former Nigeria international was a joy to watch during his playing days both at the club and national level. The former AFC Leopards midfielder has explained why he will go for the former Super Eagles star. “Okocha is one player who was very influential on the pitch and could create chances, as well as scoring goals,” Xavier told Goal on Tuesday. “He was very skilled and could dribble his way out of trouble at any given time. Another impressive characteristic was his ability to adapt to any given game and have a positive effect on his team. “On most occasions, he was physically fit and his technical ability was on another level.”Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Most Expensive Mistakes In History17 Mind-Blowing Makeovers By Makeup Artist Vanessa DavisWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy About
Brees angered teammates Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and Malcolm Jenkins and other athletes after taking offense to kneeling in front of the U.S. flag during the anthem.”I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said when asked about players kneeling in an interview with Yahoo Finance. “Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States.”I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about.” RIVERA: Brees still doesn’t get the point of protestingViolent protests have broken out across the United States since Floyd’s death, during which he was filmed crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.The situation has turned attention back to Colin Kaepernick and kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest against police brutality and racial inequality. Saints quarterback Drew Brees still does not approve of that form of protest, as he reiterated Wednesday. His position brought heavy backlash from NFL players.Rodgers was among those to use social media to speak out on players protesting. A few years ago we were criticized for locking arms in solidarity before the game. It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now. Listen with an open heart, let’s educate ourselves, and then turn word and thought into action. #wakeupamerica #itstimeforchange #loveoverfear #solidarity #libertyandjusticeforall #allA post shared by Aaron Rodgers (@aaronrodgers12) on Jun 3, 2020 at 2:08pm PDT”A few years ago we were criticized for locking arms in solidarity before the game,” the Super Bowl 45 champion and two-time NFL MVP wrote on Instagram, posting a picture of himself locking arms with teammates before a game.”It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now. Listen with an open heart, let’s educate ourselves, and then turn word and thought into action #wakeupamerica #itstimeforchange #loveoverfear #solidarity #libertyandjusticeforall #all.” View this post on Instagram Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers called for solidarity and change amid protests over George Floyd’s death, adding that on-field demonstrations by NFL players in recent years have “never been about an anthem or flag.”Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis after a white former police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest last week.