Register Login Scores

Okocha's Message For SA Starlet After Bundesliga Move

Nigeria legend Jay-Jay Okocha, who played in the Bundesliga, has sent a message to a South African starlet who recently signed for one of the biggest teams in Germany.

Okocha: South Africa Is Not Nigeria's Rivals!

The former Super Eagles playmaker spent six years playing in the German top flight following his move from Enugu Rangers IFC to Borussia Neunkirchen in 1990.

With promising 18-year-old talent Tashreeq Matthews having joined Borussia Dortmund earlier this month, Okocha has encouraged the Ajax Cape Town academy product to be brave and to make the most of his massive opportunity.  

"Well, I would say that he should not be afraid of the challenges that he will face, especially at the early stage, you know," he told Soccer Laduma.

"Let the curiosity of learning something new be his strength instead of weakness. He needs a strong mindset to go through that new adventure and be curious to learn.

"I have not heard much about him. But, to be honest, for Dortmund to sign him, he must have something special.

"Hopefully he will go on and live up to expectations and develop, you know. But it will take some time – he will need to get used to his new environment, new culture, new mentality.

"It is not going to be easy but, of course, it is all up to him. He has to survive to succeed, but he has got every opportunity now and it is up to him to grab it."

Having also starred for Eintracht Frankfurt, Okocha made 90 appearances in the Bundesliga before leaving for Turkey and then to Paris Saint-Germain in France.

The Nigeria legend gained even more recognition at Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League, before spells with Qatar SC and Hull City.

12 Of The Strangest Contract Requests In Football History

Matthews has already featured for BVB's U19 team in the UEFA Youth League this season.

Do you expect big things from Matthews? Let us know in the comments section below. 

nextarticle

8 Stars Who Are Unhappy At Their Clubs

6 comments

Top 5

Middendorp: Football Is A Contact Sport...

129 Nov 12, 2019 07:00 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Frustrated CR7 Storms Off Pitch, Leaves Stadium? Sarri Responds

63 Nov 11, 2019 08:42 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Two Buccaneers On Suspension Tightrope

40 Nov 12, 2019 08:06 AM in Orlando Pirates

Ronaldo Facing Two-Year Ban?

61 Nov 12, 2019 07:39 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Ronaldo Facing Two-Year Ban?

61 Nov 12, 2019 07:39 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

13 Players Who've Scored 50 Free-Kicks Or More

1 Nov 12, 2019 08:00 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

41 Epic Images From Chiefs Dramatic Derby Victory

20 Nov 10, 2019 12:01 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Frustrated CR7 Storms Off Pitch, Leaves Stadium? Sarri Responds

63 Nov 11, 2019 08:42 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

The Only Player Messi Asked To Swap Shirts With

8 Nov 14, 2019 02:34 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Middendorp: The Trophy Belongs To Sundowns

88 Nov 12, 2019 09:16 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

27 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Inside Bafana Camp As They Prepare For Ghana

16 Nov 11, 2019 09:17 PM in Bafana

The Highest-Paid Player At Each EPL Club Revealed

20 Sep 15, 2019 07:15 PM in Cadbury

Heartwarming Scenes As Mothiba Gives Fan Special Gift

5 Nov 12, 2019 10:00 AM in Players Abroad