Zürich, Switzerland. Former Nigeria international and Bolton Wanderers Legend, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha is on the panel, announced by FIFA on Wednesday via their official website, that will select the 23-man shortlist for the 2017 best FIFA men’s Player award. Other football legends who are in the 11-man panel are Argentina legend Diego Maradona and Netherlands great Edwin van der Sar, Colombian icon Carlos Valderrama, Brazil 1994 and 2002 FIFA World Cup winner CAFU, Carles Puyol who won the 2010 World Cup with Spain, Japan’s Hidetoshi Nakata, Alex Frei of Switzerland, Enzo Francescoli of Uruguay, Landon Donovan of the United States of America and New Zeland’s Ivan Vicelich.
The 23-man shortlist will be decided by the legends on Thursday.
Nominees in other categories that will also be decided on Thursday are Best FIFA Women’s Coach, Best FIFA Men’s Coach and Best FIFA Women’s Player.
The ceremony where all winners will be crowned holds in London on Monday, 23 October 2017.
Photo: Austin Jay-Jay Okocha
Okocha represented Nigeria at three FIFA senior World Cups in USA 1994, France 1998 and Korea/Japan 2002.
The world’s governing body of football, FIFA, 11-man panel consists of Austin Okocha (Nigeria), Cafú (Brazil), Landon Donovan (USA), Enzo Francescoli (Uruguay), Alex Frei (Switzerland), Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan), Diego Maradona (Argentina), Carles Puyol (Spain), Carlos Valderrama (Colombia), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands) and Ivan Vicelich (New Zealand)