Saturday Mar 28, 2020. 09:00
Arsenal FC superstar Mesut Ozil’s agent, Erkut Sogut says he wished he had a chance to represent Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha.
Retired Nigerian midfielder Okocha is widely considered as one of the greatest African players of all-time having played for Turkish giants Fenerbahce and French champions PSG during his playing days.
When asked by Goal which African player he wished he had represented, Sogut said; “Definitely ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha.
“When I was playing football in the youth academy of Hannover and he was playing in Frankfurt, he has this special skill and everyone wants to be like him.
“You know why? He was different, he was creative, he wasn’t a robot like most of the football players.
“He was doing things in a different way and that made him so unique. That is why kids in Germany love him and still love him.”
Sogut is currently managing Ghanaian startlet Charles Herrman, whose father is Black Stars head coach Charles Akonnor.
“I have African players in Europe which I represent actually – younger ones. For example, Charles Herrmann the son of [Charles] Akonnor in Ghana is my client in Germany and he is a fantastic player,” he added.
“It doesn’t matter where the player is coming from, what his heritage is or his colour. For me, I look at his football and he must possess a good character.
“I choose players who are humble, with good education and looks to give back – those are the kind of players I want to work with.
“I never have a lot of players I represent because I don’t believe I can give them all the same in terms of time and work, so I keep them low so that I can give them a very good service.”