We will fight Algeria to get to Russia, says John Ogu

Super Eagles and Happoel Be’er Sheva midfielder, John Ogu says he and his team mates will fight with their lives to qualify Nigeria for the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

John Ogu has not played for the Eagles since 2015 in the Super Eagles 2-0 win against Chad in Kaduna under Stephen Keshi and he certainly is glad to be back to the team.

He told Naijafootball247.com that it had been a long wait for him and now he is back he will make the best of it and support his team mates to the ultimate goal.

“I’m glad to be back. It has been very long, I mean my absence from the team and I just want to contribute to the success of the Super Eagles,” Ogu said.

"We are taking the game against Algeria very seriously and we will fight with all we have to win against the north Africans to make our chances of qualifying for the World Cup even better.

“I just want to represent my country and help us get to the World Cup because being at the World Cup is the extra drive for me and I’m sure for all of us in camp.

“I missed the last World Cup and this is a chance to be back in the squad and if I am given an opportunity to play I will certainly give my all.”

The Happoel Be’er Sheva player described the team as one with a lot of young players who are willing to help the Eagles soar to high places.

“We have the really young players and the experienced ones. We also have those that play in top clubs and others that play in average clubs but the thing we have in common is that we all want the Super Eagles to be at the top.

“I am here to learn and I am also happy to help with what I know. We all want to qualify for the World Cup and with the coach we have and support from the fans we can make it happen.”

Israel changed my mentality

Ogu told Naijafootball247.com in Israel the fans are very demanding and it gives you a different perspective on how to approach games.

“They always want to win in Israel and the fans are demanding too. You have to put in your best every time you play.

“This changed me as a player and I now work harder and never give up.

Claiming respect for everyone, Ogu reiterates that he is not bothered with the fact that he is in Israel as against other bigger leagues in Europe.

“I respect every league and everyone’s opinion about the league I play in.

“I was in Portugal that had just three or four big teams. I’m now in Israel who have about three big teams, but it’s also about what you bring when you are on the pitch rather than the league itself.

“Its destiny that I’m in Israel today and I don’t know where I will be tomorrow.
For me as a footballer I am always ready for challenges and if a chance come to go to a bigger league I will take up the challenge.”

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