Nigerian captain Jay-Jay Okocha says he enjoyed the 2004 African Cup of Nations more than he did when the Super Eagles won the tournament 10 years ago.
Okocha celebrates his goal in the third-place play-off
Okocha, who scored four goals and was named the 2004 Player of the Tournament after leading Nigeria to the bronze medal, said he appreciated the support his team had
"I had a great tournament, a great time in Tunisia," he told
reporters after Friday's 2-1 win over Mali in the third place
"I was very happy the way they (the crowd) appreciated us. I
think I value my experience at this tournament more than I did
Okocha is the only survivor from the Nigerian side
that won the Cup of Nations title in Tunisia a decade ago.
"I was young then, I didn't really understand what it all
meant, I did not understand what it was to win this trophy."
Okocha has appeared in four Cup of Nations tournaments, winning
once, finishing runner-up in 2000 and collecting bronze medals
in 2002 and on Friday.
"I enjoyed today's game very much. I was very grateful the
way people have responded to us."
Okocha turned on the skills for the small crowd in Monastir,
performing several tricks as well as scoring the opening goal
and creating a second for Peter Odemwingie.
"I was surprised to see the fans that came to support us and
it really lifted the team. I decided to show them a trick or
two," the Bolton Wanderers midfielder said.
Okocha joined Frederic Kanoute of Mali and Cameroon's
Patrick Mboma on four goals at the top of the tournament's