West Ham United’s new Irish-Nigerian winger, Armstrong Okoflex, has revealed his admiration for Super Eagles legend Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha.
The 19-year-old has just signed a two-year contract with the Hammers, joining from Scottish giants Celtic.
Born in Dublin to Nigerian parents, Okoflex is eligible to represent the Super Eagles – and may want to follow in the footsteps of one of his idols.
“I grew up admiring a few players: Ronaldinho because he was just gifted; Brazilian Ronaldo, who, for a No. 9, had everything; and Jay-Jay Okocha, because my parents are originally from Nigeria, and he’s someone I grew up watching on YouTube – he did some crazy things back in the past!” the teenager told West Ham’s official website.
“I also like to entertain, but it’s also about doing it in the right amount. Goals win you games, and I’m an attacker, so goals and assists are very important to me,” he added.
“I like to be direct, take on players, and work hard for the team and myself as well. I just try and create as many goals as possible and help my team to win.
“As a footballer, I just want to play at the highest level I can. I want to play for my country and just make my family and the people around me proud.”
Okoflex concluded, “I can’t wait for the season to start, to get more games, and hopefully try and achieve some goals that I have within myself.”