I regret not winning African player award, says Okocha/ Okocha

Former Super Eagles captain, Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, has rued not winning the CAF African Footballer of the Year award.

The 46-year-old was, in his prime, one of Africa's finest footballers renowned for his extraordinary skills.

But he failed to clinch the prestigious soccer award in the continent -- a development that has continued dominate discussions for long.

Speaking on Thursday during a Q&A session with a media personality, Toke Makinwa, on MasterCard webinar, the ace footballer said not winning the award was one of his saddest memories as a footballer.

He said it's unfortunate he didn't win the award, despite winning the BBC African footballer of the year on three occasions.

He said: “And if I’m to say, I’ll say, I regret not winning the African Footballer of the year.

“But of course, if you look back, there’s always a time that you say oh maybe you could’ve done a bit better than you did.

“I thought I did enough to have won it because it was not a fluke that I won BBC player of the year three years in a row and not manage to win that CAF award, but I mean maybe it was not meant to be.

“Well, I think I don’t want to sound greedy, but I’ve had an amazing career, I never thought I would make it that big.”

Okocha came close to winning the prestigious CAF award in 1998 and 2004 but narrowly lost out to Mustapha Hadji of Morocco and Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon respectively.