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When Samuel Eto'o Called For Jay-Jay Okocha To Be Subbed Off During Testimonial

Ryan Sidle

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When Samuel Eto'o Called For Jay-Jay Okocha To Be Subbed Off During Testimonial

Jay-Jay Okocha was so good during a testimonial back in 2016 that it left Samuel Eto'o calling to the bench to take the Nigerian off.

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Okocha was given the moniker of 'so good they named him twice' during a career that saw him star for PSG, Fenerbahce and, most famously, Bolton Wanderers.

The Nigerian was part of Sam Allardyce's team in the north west, from 2002 to 2006, and the best proof that the manager's team's didn't always just hoof the ball up field, and the pair recently reunited to recreate a dancing celebration.

His career came to an end after a second spell in England, at Hull City in 2008, but eight years later he strapped on his boots for a testimonial match.

At then 42-years-old, the former Nigeria star played in Joseph Yobo's testimonial and he was in such brilliant form that the opposition were begging for him to be replaced.

During the match Eto'o gestured to the opposition bench to make a substitution and then started walking his opponent off the pitch, with both men laughing, before the former Barcelona star decided to give up.

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The likes of Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, John Terry, Aaron Mokoena, Andre Ayew and Nwankwo Kanu were involved in the match, along with Okocha and Eto'o.

Yobo was part of his XI against a Super Eagles XI, with David Moyes taking charge of the former, having managed the former centre back at Everton.

Despite all the huge names involved in the match, it was Okocha who stole the show with all his tricks and running making fools out of the opposition.

He kicked things off with a no-look pass just 20 seconds into the game, and from there he continued in the same vain, as the opposition couldn't really live with him.

It took just 23 minutes until Eto'o was begging for him to come off the pitch, not bad for a man who hadn't played for the previous six years.

Okocha during his Bolton days. Image: Alamy
Okocha during his Bolton days. Image: Alamy

Eto'o was clearly very impressed with Okocha on the day, but he's not always been so happy to admit when a player's been good enough to best him.

The Cameroon legend helped Barcelona win a treble under Pep Guardiola, before moving to Inter Milan and doing the same with them under Jose Mourinho.

Lionel Messi also played in that team and Eto'o wasn't too impressed when there was the suggestion that he played with the seven time Ballon d'Or winner.

The former Real Mallorca forward hit back instantly at the suggestion, saying, "No. He played with me it's different. Messi played with me. I didn't play with Messi. In my time, Messi played with me. It's totally different. It's totally different."

You can watch the full highlights of Okocha's performance below:

Eto'o is unlikely to be watching it back mind...

Featured Image Credit: Supersport

Topics: Bolton Wanderers, Cameroon, Samuel Etoo

Ryan Sidle
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