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Chidera Ejuke isn't new Okocha, but he can learn from his football artistry

October 22nd 2021, 3:05:31 pm

Former Super Eagles striker, Daniel Amokachi, has always got my admiration and respect for his analyses and comments on Nigerian football.

Chidera Ejuke (Instagram/Chidera Ejuke)

I've listened to his analysis several times on radio and all I can say is that, he's one of the best football brains around, and I've mostly agreed with his views.

The next analysis, I'm agreeing with, is his latest analysis on why Chidera Ejuke isn't the new Jay Jay Okocha and shouldn't be compared to the former Bolton Wanderers Captain.

Recalled, many football fans labelled Ejuke as the new Okocha following his impressive display for Super Eagles against the Central African Republic few weeks ago.

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The CSKA Moscow winger completed six dribbles with less down 20 minutes of action as the Super Eagles defeated the Wild Beasts 2-0.

With all due respect to Ejuke, I agreed with Amokachi's assessment of him. He's nowhere near Okocha, and it is wrong to compare him to the football great.

Ejuke has done well for himself since moving to Europe and should be commended for his consistent form.

Ejuke has scored three goals and provided two assists in 11 appearances in all competitions for CSKA Moscow this season.

He completed the most dribbles for his club this season and has won two players of the month award to back up his form. But there is still a huge difference between him and Okocha.

Okocha was more than just a dribbler, he's talented and one of the best numbers 10 the world ever seen. Okocha was great, even Edson Arantes do Nascimento aka Pele named him among his 100 greatest football.

Okocha happened at the time the football World is lacking a natural dribbler with that impetus to take on plenty of players with ease.

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The players, I think are match for Okocha when it comes to football artistry are late Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho because they entertained the fans with their unique skills.

Okocha can do the rabonas, step-overs, drags, scissors, Cruyff turns, roulette, would shoot from distance and with the long throwing as well.

Okocha would also tease and humiliate opponents with outrageous skills. He had a great range of passing, could hit accurate passes from a long distance, and could provide the final pass. He was also a free kick specialist.

However, Ejuke obviously doesn't possess all of these, but maybe with time, he can develop into an elite player like Okocha.

At the end of the day, football artistry is great to watch, but not enough to win trophies and Ejuke should learn that, while developing his game.


Seyi Alao is a football writer and pundit. He has worked with brands like,, it', Opera News and Ogun State Television. Follow him on Twitter @Seyialao


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