Former Nigeria captain, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha was the only African present at the FIFA legends meeting held in Bahrain ahead of the world football governing body’s congress.
Though Okocha was never voted as the continent’s best in the yearly CAF African Footballer of the Year series, he was still deemed fit to be the selected one to rub mind with other legend across the world like Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho among others.
As part of the 67th FIFA Congress, FIFA President Gianni Infantino headed up the latest ‘think tank’ session with the members of the FIFA Legends team in Manama, Bahrain.
The gathering gave some of the leading figures on planet football the opportunity to express their views on some of the burning issues of the day.
“The main focus has to be on football, and to achieve that we have to listen to the central characters, who are none other than you. We want to get you even more involved in everything that we do and to find out what you think about the decisions we want to take,” said President Infantino at the start of a session that brought together more than 20 elite players past and present from every FIFA confederation.
FIFA Legends present in Bahrain (alphabetical order):
Pablo Aimar (ARG), Said Al Owairan (KSA), Cafu (BRA), Jorge Campos (MEX), Han Duan (CHN), Nia Kuenzer (GER), Karina LeBlanc (CAN), Carli Lloyd (USA), Diego Maradona (ARG), Jay Jay Okocha (NGA), Karl-Heinz Riedle (GER), Jason Roberts (GRN), Ronaldinho (BRA), Michel Salgado (ESP), Alex Scott (ENG), Dario Simic (CRO), Alexei Smertin (RUS), David Trezeguet (FRA), Carlos Valderrama (COL), Ivan Vicelich (NZL) and Talal Yousef (BHR).