Obasi hopes to emulate Okocha at Bolton

Forgotten Super Eagles forward, Chinedu Obasi, is aiming to trail the path of compatriot, Jay-Jay Okocha, at Bolton Wanderers.

Okocha, 44, earned legendary status, climbing up to skipper, in four years at the English club.

Over a decade after departing the Reebok Stadium, Obasi is hoping to relieve his time there.

After impressing on trial with the under-23s, scoring a winner against Burnley, the free agent finally earned a contract with the Championship strugglers.

“It’s a great honour to be part of this great club and an honour to be part of the team,” said Obasi. “It is a big relief. I have always wanted to play here. It’s a great platform for me and a great opportunity for me to show myself in the UK and then see what the future holds.

“I definitely hope for great things and to help the team.”

Obasi was at the Macron on Saturday to watch his new side labour against Preston North End.

While the game emphasised what a fight the Whites have on their hands to stay in the division, Obasi says the surroundings are still as luxurious as the first time he watched Jay Jay in action.

“It’s a great stadium,” he said. “I came here when I was about 15 or 16 with the Nigerian national team. We came to see Jay Jay and it was my first game in the UK.

“It is weird being back in the stadium, which was then Reebok and now it’s Macron, but it’s still a great stadium.

“He’s a legend. It’s always an honour to be linked with a club he has played for. It’s a big pleasure for me.”

Obasi has played with Wanderers’ other new arrival, Jan Kirchhoff, in the Bundesliga for Schalke and will be sharpening his skills in the Under-23s until fully fit.