Super Eagles’ and Hapoel Be’er Sheva midfielder, John Ogochukwu Ogu, has praised the unity and determination of the team after their 1-1 draw at the Mohammed Hamalaoui Stadium in Constantineon Friday night.
Ogu, who opened scoring for the Nigeria, just after the hour mark when he superbly rifled in a curling left foot belter beyond goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi, before the referee manufactured a penalty to give the Algerians a late equalizer.
The midfielder told AOIFootball.com after the match that he was blessed to score for the team but most importantly, he was happy the team finished the qualifying series unbeaten.
“I feel blessed you know, but firstly, I want to say a big thank you to God Almighty for the game and the goal.
“Most importantly, we played has a team and fought as a team. I must say, coming out with a point in Algeria, which is a difficult ground, is a fair result for us but I believed we should have done better and gotten the maximum three points,” Ogu said.
Ogu also added that the quality of players in the Super Eagles is the perfect competition the team needs ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
“We have quality players in the team and the coaches have done a lot to make us believe in our abilities, knowing full well that most of the regular starters were not available.
“I believe those players that were not here today will not feel disappointed because the guys that featured gave a good account of themselves and hopefully, the team will continue to get better in feature matches,” Ogu concluded.
This was Ogu first start in the World Cup qualifiers under Gernot Rohr and will be hoping for another run out when Nigeria faces Argentina in Krasnodar on Tuesday.