Jay-Jay Okocha, a Nigerian football legend, was greeted warmly by the fans of Turkey’s FC Fenerbahce on Thursday, December 9.
Former Arsenal star Mesut Ozil, the club’s first team captain, also presented the 48-year-old superstar with a new Fenerbahçe jersey.
The honour came just before the Yellow Canaries’ final Europa League group game of the 2021/22 season, which ended in a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany.
In a statement, the Turkish side described Okocha, who was their former player as a “legend.”
“We hosted our legendary Nigerian player Jay-Jay Okocha at our stadium to watch Fenerbahçe’s match against Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt at Ülker Stadium Fenerbahçe ?ükrü Saraco?lu in the 6th and last week of UEFA Europa League Group D,” the post read.
“Before the match, our captain Mesut Özil presented Okocha the number 10 Fenerbahçe jersey with his name on it. Our fans, who came to our stadium to watch the match, showed great interest to Jay-Jay Okocha with applause and cheers.”
Ozil also took to his verified Twitter page on Friday to share a picture of himself presenting the new Fenerbahce jersey to Okocha.
The former German international said it was an honour to meet one of his childhood idols.
He wrote: “What an honour to meet one of my childhood idols: Jay Jay Okocha It’s been great talking to you my friend.” #M1Ö
Okocha played for Fenerbahçe between 1996 and 1998. He scored 30 goals in 63 matches for the club before moving to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).