FK Kauno Žalgiris star Philip Otele says he idolised Nigerian legend Autin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha growing up and much like his idol, the 22-year-old looks forward to playing for the Super Eagles.
Otele is generating plenty of excitement in the Lithuanian top-flight and leads the A Lyga goals chart with goals.
His performances for Žalgiris this season has seen his name crop up with increasing frequency amongst senior figures and recruitment staff at some of Europe’s leading clubs.
Fans back home are also starting to take notice of the Port Harcourt-born forward on the back of terrific performances such as his two-goal showing in the 5-1 mauling of Nevezis.
For his first, Otele exhibited extraordinary dribbling skills, leaving defenders in his wake with dainty footwork reminiscent of Jay Jay Okocha and then showed shrewd predatory instincts reminiscent of the legendary Rashidi Yekini to complete his brace.
It comes as no surprise, therefore, to learn that the former Wolviston FC forward idolised Okocha as a child.
“I admire JJ Okocha the most, I think he is a legend and he’s an inspiration for all footballers and all the fans of football,” Otele told busybuddiesng.com.
And just like his idol who played 73 times and scored 14 goals between 1993 and 2006 for Nigeria, Otele envisages a day he’ll represent the three-time African champions and hopes his performances this season can convince Eagles boss Gernot Rohr to give him a chance with the national team.
“Getting a call up from the Super Eagles will mean a lot to me, I’ve always envisaged myself playing for the Super Eagles and I honestly hopes it happens one day.”
Otele will hope another explosive showing when second-placed Žalgiris play Panevazsy on Monday will further his cause for a Super Eagles call up.