Super Eagles defender John Ogu has shocked his fans and the fans of the Israeli Premier League when he revealed that he will be leaving Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva after five years with the club. After helping the side to three consecutive Premier League titles, he has decided to move on after rejecting the latest contract offered by the club.
After 5 years here in Hapoel Beer sheva,I have decided I won’t be continuing my career here .All I just want to say is ,thank you to everyone that made it possible for me to be here . Thank you for the memories and support . And to the fans ,I specially say a Big Thank you 👍👍 pic.twitter.com/ZwJamM2dF9
— John Ogu (@ogujohnugo) April 15, 2019
Like a lot of Nigerian professionals, Ogu started playing football in Nigeria; at the youth departments of Akwa Starlets, Akwa United and the Fly Sport Academic. He began his adult career in Slovenia when he signed with Drava Ptuj from the Slovenian PrvaLiga.
After a stint in Portugal and Spain, he joined the Israeli side in 2014. In 2016, he was named the Best Foreign Player in the league after helping Hapoel Beer Sheva to their first league title in 40 years.
You will be remembered as one of the best foreigners ever landed in Israel. Thank you for that goal in Natanya at the 89th minute (i have the t-shirt). Thank you!
— SpecialK (@4TNighter) April 16, 2019
John Ogu has played 22 games and score twice since his debut in March 2013. He was part of the Super Eagles squad for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and played in all Nigeria’s three games in the tournament.
He missed out on the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad but made it in 2018 although he didn’t play all through the tournament in Russia.
Tell me tell me where are you going, I can't wait to follow you to the next level, baba you 10much,im so excited
— tunde (@sunstartunde) April 16, 2019
The Super Eagles’ boss and teammates are yet to react to his decision to leave the Isreali Premier League but the fans have sent out their support and well wishes.
Are you now coming to your boyhood club, Arsenal
— Kingsley Lambert (@Kinslamb) April 16, 2019
Some of the fans of the English Premier League also want to see the experienced midfielder joining their favourite sides in the Premier League.
— Noam kaiser (@noamkk15) April 16, 2019
It is still unconfirmed if John Ogu is interested in making a switch to the English Premier League or to the Spanish La Liga.
Congratulations and well done for an amazing and memorable five successful and beautiful years.
— EDAFE MATTHEW ESEOGHENE (@ELEGBETE1) April 16, 2019
All the best for the future man.
— 🇵 🇦 🇹 🇹 🇴 (@ThaBigSize) April 16, 2019
John Ogu is rumored to want a move to Turkey and he has posted on his Instagram that he is ready for the new challenge.
John Ogu’s experience and quality in midfield would benefit any side he plays for. The 30-year old is also set to join up with the Super Eagles of Nigeria when the African Cup of Nations begins in June.