Nigeria football legend Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha has admitted to wishing to return to the football pitch and play for the Super Eagles again.

Commenting on his visit to Kazan, Okocha stated that he was tempted to come out of retirement with hopes that the Super Eagles will eventually qualify for next year’s World Cup.

“I felt the hospitality and friendliness from the moment I stepped off the plane. I’m really impressed with what I saw in Kazan! I even thought for a moment about starting to play football again when I was at the Kazan Arena!” he told

“I’d really like to perform at this stadium! Alas, my career is behind me, but I’ll be delighted if Nigeria get to play matches here at Russia 2018.”

Okocha, who was in one of the venues for the Confederations Cup in Russia, Kazan, with Brazil legend and former Paris Saint-Germain teammate Ronaldinho, said he expects an exciting tournament.

“The champions of each continent are playing at the Confederations Cup, so there’ll be a very high standard of football,” Okocha said

“There will be supporters from all over the world, but Russia will have the best support. It’s a shame that Nigeria didn’t qualify, so instead I’ll support Cameroon.”

Okocha played once in the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1995 after Nigeria won the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia in 1994.

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