SAN FRANCISCO, September 28, (THEWILL) – Former Nigerian international and Special Assistant on Sports to President Mugammadu Buhari, Daniel Amokachi, says he is not disturbed that he didn’t win the coveted Africa Player of the Year Award during his playing days.
THEWILL recalls that the striker came close to winning the award in 1995 and 1996 but he was defeated by compatriot, Nwankwo Kanu in 1996 and current Liberian President, George Weah, won the title in 1995.
Responding to a question if he has any regrets not getting CAF’s individual award, on Brila FM on Monday, the striker said: “Definitely not. I would have been honoured to have won it. I was blessed to have played football during the best of generations and anybody that won it deserved to win it, that’s just the truth of it.
“Somebody like Jay Jay Okocha didn’t win it. Who is Daniel Amokachi to complain.”
When asked between him and Okocha who was the better player, Amokachi said: “When it comes to art and guile I’m far better than him but when it comes to quality of football of course Jay Jay is above me. It’s not a hidden thing or pride; it’s about saying what is real.”