– Daniel Amokachi made a huge fortune from football and owned a private jet in the late 90s
– The former Super Eagles forward was part of the Nigerian team that won AFCON in 1994
– He claims maintaining a private jet is ridiculous and a reason he had to return it
Former Super Eagles star Daniel Amokachi has disclosed that the cost of maintaining a private jet is outrageous and that was why he returned the luxury. Popularly known as ‘The Bull’, Amokachi stunned football fans across Nigeria when he was rumoured to have acquired a private jet during his stint with Besiktas.
He was at the Turkish sports club between 1996 and 1999 where he scored 19 goals in 77 appearances, a period he reportedly made so much money from football having joined from Everton for £1.75million (about N900million today).
Nigerian coach who qualified African team for AFCON makes stunning statement after he’s offered role as Rohr’s assistance Rumours were everywhere that the Super Eagles striker had spent lavishly on a private jet, and when asked by Brila FM’s Anthony Bekederemo about it, Amokachi replied:
“All I need do was have my name on the airline and at any point, I can call the aircraft to pick me to anywhere in the world.
“Just to fly over a country to get clearance is money, to take care of it is money, to leave it overnight is money.
“Believe me everything about me is the grace of God because if it wasn’t His grace I’ll stay without a dime. If I had left the plane, it would have been seized at the end of the day.
“I gave it back to them (the company that sold it) when I realized I couldn’t continue in the year 2000/01 and through a clean negotiation and everybody was happy.”
The former winger who became a coach has managed football teams in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, Tanzania and Nigeria.
Emmanuel Amuneke made history when he guided Tanzania to the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1980 after a 3-0 win over Uganda, but the Taifa Stars crashed out of the tournament in the group stages before he resigned.
He says he was a former coach of a national team and questioned why he should return to become an assistant.