Okocha Has Faith In Bolton

Last updated : 23 January 2004 By Mark Heys
Jay-Jay Okocha claims that his team mates at Bolton Wanderers will be able to cope without him whilst he is away representing Nigeria at the African Cup of Nations in Tunisia.

Okocha played a starring role in the club's 5-2 Carling Cup Semi Final win over Aston Villa which gave them a huge lead going into next week's second leg contest at Villa Park and the Wanderers captain says there are enough good midfield players at the club to fill in during his absence.

"I have great confidence in the Bolton boys. It is a team game and not about one player. We have a lot of good midfield players and I don't think I will be missed that much" he said.

The Super Eagles player says that he was happy with the display of the team during the Trotters midweek win and says that the three goal advantage has set them up nicely going into the second leg.

"Everybody gave their best against Villa and I was very glad we put up that kind of display.We have done ourselves a great favour by getting a three-goal advantage going into the second leg"

The 30-year old playmaker aims to repair the cup heartbreak he suffered whilst a player at Paris Saint Germain but knows that there is still a second leg to be contested and he admits Wanderers will have to battle hard despite their lead.

"When I played in France I managed to get to one cup final but we lost. Hopefully I will get another chance. We know it is not over. We have to fight very hard but at least we have something to hang on to.'' he added