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Jay Jay Okocha: Sammy Kuffour is toughest defender I ever faced

Former Nigeria Captain Jay Jay Okocha has named former Black Stars defender Sammy Kuffour as the best defender he has ever faced.

Okocha, now 45, was speaking at a Bundesliga Legends Tour event in Lagos where he was asked the toughest opponent he’s ever faced.

The former Frankfurt and Bolton Wanderers man hesitated before singling out former Bayern Munich center back Kuffour as the toughest.

“I realised at a very young age that I had a gift to do special things with the ball. My biggest opponent was me. I knew I was in charge when with the ball. But on the toughest defenders I faced, I would say that my African brothers were the ones,’ he said.

“We have the same mentality and thought the same way. Osei Kuffour was the toughest of them all. There was a game that he kept following and marking me and I asked him, “O boy, take it easy, look at the way you are breathing down on my neck” and he replied that “sorry I got work to do”. “He brought out the best in me.”


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