John Ogu opens up on his World Cup regrets


John Ogu, the Super Eagles midfielder, has opened up on not joining the team in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and he also expressed the dissatisfaction of being left on the bench for the entire 2018 world cup edition in Russia.

John Ogu was not registered by former super eagle’s coach Stephen Keshi (late) in the Eagles squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but he made the list under the immediate coach Gernot Rohr for the in Russia four years ago.

The 34-year-old ‘John Ogu’ made his professional debut against Kenya in 2013 during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, coming on as a substitute in the 51st minute for Victor Moses who was injured.

He (John Ogu) also featured in two other qualifiers against Kenya in the second leg fixture and against also against Namibia.

Although, Ogu was summoned for the remainder of the qualifiers, but the midfielder didn’t play any role as he was left on the bench by the coach.

After being left out of the squad for a while, John Ogu was recalled back to the Nigeria’s national team by Franco-German Rohr in 2017, for the World Cup qualifier against Algeria in 2018, but he didn’t play any role in the Super Eagles 3-1 win in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

In spite of travelling to Russia with the Super Eagles, John Ogu again didn’t see a minute of action as Nigeria in Group D, played Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.

“The first World Cup I was supposed to attend, during a pre-World Cup match alongside Italy, I did very well,” John Ogu said.

“However, everyone was so sure that the Midfielder ‘John Ogu’ was going to attend the World Cup. Even when Stephen Keshi (late) said that it was not all the players that would make the team, I was so sure I wasn’t among those players he was referring to”.


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