Former Super Eagles skipper, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, says he is looking forward to coming to Kenya for other sporting activities and not football.
The African football legend and will tee off at the Barclays Kenya Open Pro-Am, event organisers announced on Thursday 16th March.
Okocha, who started his professional career in the highly rated German Bundesliga will be in the country ahead of the event that will take place on Wednesday, March 22 at the Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi.
“I have been to Kenya before though it was for football affairs. I look forward to interacting with golf fans,” he said.
The former Bolton Wanderers, Hull City and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder says recently he ventured into the sport which man regards as an elite one and has no regrets.
“We are excited to be hosting Jay Jay Okocha at this year’s Barclays Kenya Open. His legendary status transcends football and we hope that his participation in this tournament will excite a section of his fan base to take an interest in golf,” Director, Marketing and Corporate Relations, Caroline Ndungu at Barclays bank of Kenya said.
A total of 156 golfers will play at the Barclays Kenya Open; this list includes six elite Kenyan amateur golfers – Agil Is Hag, John Karichu, Kenneth Bollo, Sujan Shah, Alfred Nandwa and Geofrey Kubwa – they will be competing for the Amateur Silver Salver and are not eligible for part of the Sh23m prize kitty.
The Kenyan professional contingent includes 22 professionals; these are Dismas Indiza, Brian Njoroge and Simon Ngige who all made the cut at the 2016 Barclays Kenya Open. Indiza will be playing in his 20th Kenya Open and will be hoping to make the cut for the ninth time.
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