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Jay Jay Okocha, Samson Siasia Nigerian football legends are a year older today

Today, Friday, August 14 is the birthday of two of Nigeria's greatest midfielder talent, Jay Jay Okocha and Samson Siasia

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Samson Siasia play Samson Siasia turns 28 today (Naija247)

We are know Austin Jay Jay Okocha.

His mesmerizing dribble skills was something that kept on o the edge of our seats for a long time.

Today, about eight years after retiring from football, the former Super Eagles captain turns 42.

Okocha started his career with Enugu Rangers before getting his first foreign deal with Borussia Neunkirchen.

He played for FC Saarbrücken in the lower division before moving to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt before spells at European giants Fenerbahçe and Paris St-Germain.

He is fondly remembered by fans of the English Premier League for his time at Bolton where he made more than 100 Premier League appearances.

Austin 'Jay Jay' Okocha play Jay Jay Okocha is fondly remembered for his time at Bolton (Getty Images)

 

He also helped Hull City win promotion from the Championship in 2008, after playing 18 times for the Yorkshire side.

Okocha made 73 appearances for Nigeria, playing in two FIFA World Cup and winning the 1994 African Cup of Nations and a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

  play Jay Jay Okocha playing in a charity game earlier in the year (Getty Images)

 

Okocha who is currently the Chairman of the Delta State Football Association (DFA) a fortnight ago played in a reserve game for English amateur side, Wolverton Town sparking reports of a comeback for the one time BBC African Footballer of the Year.

Jay Jay has two children with his wife of 17 years Nkechi Okocha.

Another ex-Super Eagles midfielder is celebrating his birthday today.

Samson who is currently the coach of the Nigeria U-23 team turns 48 today.

The former midfielder played 51 international matches for Nigeria, in which he scored thirteen goals.

He was part of the team that played in in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and and won the 1994 African Nations Cup.

Siasia won bronze with the Super Eagles at the 1992 African Nations Cup in Senegal.

Former Eagles coach Samson Siasia helped Nigeria secure its first ever victory against Argentina at the Abuja National stadium and he says it was determination that helped the team win. play Samson Siasia is currently the coach of the Nigerian Dream Team

 

He also had a fantastic club career winning the Ligue 1 with FC Nantes in 1994/95.

He also played for Australian club Perth Glory, as well as in Belgium, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Watch highlights of Jay Jay Okocha's time at Bolton, below:

Okocha skills, one of the most skilled players ever!

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