The 47-year-old Okocha, who retired in 2008, admitted to Lagos radio station Brila FM
that the lack of creative midfielders is affecting the current Super Eagles squad back.
“We should support these players and let them flourish on their own instead of unfairly
putting them under pressure by calling them the next this or that,” said Okocha.
“I think people need to stop the obsession with that new Jay-Jay label because it’s unfair on these young players.”
The former Bolton, Hull City and PSG midfielder is regarded as one of the finest players to have emerged
from the West African nation and his talent saw him win twice crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year