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Poverty Is ‘Killing’ African Footballers In Europe – Jay Jay Okocha

The scourge of poverty in Africa has been identified as one of the reasons why players from the continent don’t go all the way to win international awards including The Best FIFA Men’s Player accolade.

War, famine, corruption and much more have helped fueled poverty in Africa over the years.

And for Austin Okocha, a former Super Eagles captain, this unfavorable background for African players affect their chances when competing against the contemporaries from other part of the world.

While sharing his thoughts on CNN World Sports, Okocha said: “As an African it is twice difficult for you to win it (FIFA Best Player Award) because from the onset you are playing against different kinds of pressure; the pressure to prove yourself, pressure to eradicate poverty, pressure to be successful and I think doing that, you lose focus sometimes in trying to be the best player in the world because you have other things that you are worried about.”

Already the list of the three nominees, for the FIFA Best Player Award has been released and it is the usual suspects; Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

For many, it is another straight fight between, Messi and Ronaldo as Neymar remains an outsider at least for now.


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