Here’s 8 funny nicknames of former Nigerian footballers and how they got them.
1. Nwankwo Kanu (Papilo)
2. Austin Okocha (Jay Jay) Most people actually think Jay jay is his middle name. The name Jay Jay was actually given to his elder brother, Emmanuel, who was a former national team player but as time progressed Austin took over the name from his sibling which now has global recognition. As he became more and more influential on the field of play, his name became so relevant during his playing spells in England to the extent his magical skills was being understudied at Bolton University. An internet user also claims that Jay-Jay was a nickname Okocha picked when he was with frankfurt FC and it was from his fellow German team mates who said Okocha looked like Jay-Jay from the 80’s comedy sitcom “Good Times”.
3. Stephen Keshi (Big Boss)
4. Peter Rufai (Dodo Mayana)
5. Bright Omokaro (10-10)
6. Segun Odegbami (Mathematical Odegbami) The legendary Segun Odegbami was so good that his speed and fast calculated dribbling skills was likened to that of Mathematics.
7. Teslim Balogun (Thunder Balogun) A player of Teslim Balogun’s pedigree became a myth in the Nigerian fold. His left foot often releases a bullet of a shot which has done damages to opposing teams. Teslim Balogun during his playing days. He was nicknamed Thunder Balogun because of his power driver which according to reports broke two goalies’ hands while playing in England and killed another goalkeeper after been hit in the stomach (Disputable fact though).
8. Daniel Amokachi (The Bull) Super Eagles ex-international Amokachi was nicknamed ‘the bull’ because of his speed, physical strength and technique during his playing days.
Most of these names were given to them by football commentators eg Ernest Okonkwo, Mitchel Obi and others.
Others are Mutiu Adepoju;”The Headmaster”…he was so good with his head.
Prince of Monaco – Victor ikpeba
Christian Chukwu – Chairman Julius Aghaouwa – Agha Wonder
Uche Okechukwu – Gentle giant
Tijani Babangida – J5
Finidi George – Finito
Godwin Odiye – Mr no way for effective defending.
Adokie Amesimaka – chief justice, he was a law student while playing for naija.
Allosius Atuegbu – block buster for his raw power on the ball.
Obafemi Martins – Weapon of mass destruction or Obagoal.
Joe Erico – jogo bonito
Sunday Oliseh – Mafia bossPICTURE STORY
IMAGE 1: Nwankwo Kanu in his times at Arsenal
IMAGE 2: Okocha in his times at Bolton
IMAGE 3: Stephen Keshi during his playing days
IMAGE 4: Peter Rufai, Sunday Oliseh and Stephen Keshi in 1994 AFCON winning squad.
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IMAGE 1: Bright Omokaro