Nigerian midfielder John Ogu was in inspiring form for his Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva yesterday night as he guided them to a 2-1 away win against Kfar Saba and has declared his readiness to help the Super Eagles in the forthcoming 2017 AFCON qualifier against Egypt.
Ahead of the tournament in Gabon, Nigeria was place in Group G alongside Tanzania, Egypt, and Chad but currently trail the Pharoahs by two points ahead of their double header on March 23 and 27. Hector Cuper’s men travel first to Nigeria before hosting the 3-time African Champions at the Borg el arab stadium in Alexandria.
Ogu missed the first two matches of the qualifier as former Super Eagles manager Sunday Oliseh preferred other options throughout his seven months reign. However, the 27-year-old who has 12 caps for the Eagles is eager to represent Nigeria and help her qualifier for the African Nations Cup.
‘I always want to represent my country because for me it is always an honor to fight for my country,’ he was quoted as saying by FCNaija.com.
‘And we have a big challenge now against Egypt – it is a must win for us and I want to help.’
Ogu has been in outstanding form for his Israeli team scoring three goals with three assists to his credit as Be’er Sheva leads the log with 63 points after 24 matches this season and has attributed his form to hardwork.
‘To be honest it is just the fact that I always want to improve as a player. It is just me working everyday to improve myself and also the support from my team mates and so on,’ Ogu added.
Ogu made his debut for Nigeria against Kenya in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier and scored his first goal against Mexico in an international friendly played at the Reliant Stadium in Houston.