Super Eagles’ midfielder, John Ugochukwu Ogu believes he has to be in top shape and form if he is to stand any chance of making Nigeria’s final 23-man squad to the World Cup in Russia later this year.
The tall energetic midfielder, who spoke to AOIFootball.com exclusively from his base in Israel, said the level of competition in the Super Eagles’ squad his enough to motivate any player to seriously be at his brilliant best.
“If you look at the midfield of the Super Eagles currently, we probably have close to 10 or more players who are playing so well and jostling for that spot; there is our captain Mikel, Onazi, Ndidi, myself, Etebo, Nwakali and the list goes on and on. But I believe this is the kind of competition the team needs to have a good representation in Russia.
“Every player’s dream is to be at the World Cup and I want to play on the biggest stage whilst representing my country. So, I need to work extremely hard to make it to the World Cup because if I think I am there already I would be deceiving myself,” Ogu said.
Ogu is currently serving a four-match ban for unsporting behaviour but said he was sorry for what his actions might have caused whilst promising to be more cautious when he returns.
“I know the passion for the game always takes over me. I accept all charges and I have apologised to the referees’ association and the Israeli Football Federation.I sure will come back much stronger.
“I knew 2018 will be tough and I knew what I was going to face in this year. I am not going to stop working and settle for less because I have to please the losers. NEVER! I will be back soon because the fight continues. Once again, I apologise to our fans,” Ogu concluded.