October 28, 2018

Ogu puts Eagles, results first before personal ambition

Nigeria vs England

Nigeria team (Back row L-R) Nigeria’s midfielder John Obi Mikel, Nigeria’s defender William Troost-Ekong, Nigeria’s defender Leon Balogun, Nigeria’s midfielder Victor Moses, Nigeria’s midfielder Joel Obi and Nigeria’s goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, (Front row L-R) Nigeria’s striker Odion Ighalo, Nigeria’s defender Shehu Abdullahi, Nigeria’s midfielder Alex Iwobi, Nigeria’s midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and Nigeria’s defender Bryan Idowu line up for a pre-game photograph ahead of the International friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO

Super Eagles midfielder, John Ogu said he is not fazed by his lack of playing time with the national team stressing that the team and how they achieve results mattered most.


Nigeria’s footballers pose for the official picture before the start of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B football match against Tahiti, at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on June 17, 2013. (Standing L-R) Midfielder John Obi Mikel, defender Uwa Echijile, defender Efe Ambrose, defender Kenneth Omeruo, forward Anthony Ujah and midfielder Fegor Ogude. (First row, L-R) Forward Nnamdi Oduamadi, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, forward Ahmed Musa, midfielder Sunday Mba and defender Godfrey Oboabona. AFP PHOTO

The Israel-based midfielder believes the situation is not ideal but sympathises with manager Gernot Rohr and insists he still feels wanted by the German.

“I know it’s frustrating because I want to play, but I also understand the coach has a job to do,” Ogu told BBC Sport.

“We have a great squad, as a footballer I always want to fight for my country on the pitch all the time.

“But the country and team comes before an individual so I will keep working hard to get my chance,” Ogu said.

“I appreciate the support but I am a realist, there is a lot of competition and some players don’t get the chance to play,” he added.

“I missed out on the 2014 World Cup; I was picked but didn’t play in Russia, this is life.

“I am very happy to be a national team player and I must be patient.”

Ogu who has previously played in Slovenia, Spain and Portugal has scored twice for his country.