Okocha's Nigeria warning
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Okocha has been named in an 18-man squad for the trip to the Far East to tackle Tokyo on August 20, just days after the start of the new Premiership season.
The fixture is certain to anger the four Premiership managers who have players in the party as it will disrupt their plans so early in the campaign.
Trotters ace Okocha is a key figure in the Nigerian set-up and scored the solitary goal in the friendly victory over Venezuela last Saturday.
But Bolton chief Allardyce is disappointed that Okocha has been included in the squad and has blasted the Nigerians for selecting the schemer.
Allardyce wants Okocha to inform The Super Eagles that his priorities lie at The Reebok Stadium and is also concerned about the African Cup of Nations early next year.
"Jay-Jay needs to be strong and tell the Nigerians that his career lies here more than there," said Allardyce.
"They are a law unto themselves and have no regard for anyone else.
"There is a massive problem coming up with the African Nations Cup in January.
"And we can ill-afford to lose one of our top players for a long period."
Kanu's omission is something of a surprise after he featured against Venezuela but no reason has been forthcoming for his absence from the Japan jaunt.
Greg Etafia (Moroka Swallows), Austin Ejide (Etoile); Patrick Ovie (Kryliya Sovetov), Ifeanyi Udeze (PAOK), Joseph Yobo (Everton), Isaac Okoronkwo (Wolves), Joseph Enakarhire (Standard Liege); Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton), Ikpe Ekong (Reggiana), Seyi Olofinjana (Brann), Ifeanyi Ekwueme (Wisla Plock), Ike Kalu (Sampdoria); Bartholomew Ogbeche (Paris Saint Germain), Uche Kalu (Wisla Krakow), Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Portsmouth), Femi Opabunmi (Grasshoppers), John Utaka (Lens), Benedict Akwuegbu (Graz).