"I thought that the officials should be given the opportunity as well to go abroad and update themselves - but we haven't done that. We've not invested in our local coaches," Okocha commented.
"After going to Europe to prove yourself as a player you come back to that old mentality - that old way of playing.
"Then sometimes players get caught in the middle. They try to bring you down to their own level - and if you don't want to come down to that level, it's as if you're losing your culture, losing your respect."
Okocha, who retired from football in 2008, had scathing words for some of Africa's better known players, criticising their performances when compared to those for their clubs.
"I don't have to cover up for those players because they haven't really performed. They've underachieved," he stated.
"It's all about character. I don't think our players have shown enough passion for the game. That's the difference between the way they've played here, and the way they play in their various clubs."
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