The inclusion of John Ogu in the Super Eagles list for their World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Algeria next month has generated a lot of discussion, because less than a month ago the manager Gernot Rohr ruled him out of his team.
Israeli based Ogu was included by the manager in his official list of players for the November 12th tie in Uyo, as exclusively confirmed by Owngoalnigeria.com three days ago.
Owngoalnigeria.com in it’s traditional style of going behind the scene to bring out hidden details can exclusively confirmed, that his inclusion was based on a particular game the manager watched.
Ogu won the manager over with his performances in Hapoel Be’er Sheva Europa League game against Sparta Praha of Czech Republic, even though his team lost 1-0.
Rohr was impressed by the way he stuck to his role as the screen of the defensive and his passing range, which is usually something the coach loves to see in his players.
His instinct to hit forward passes and not sideways or backwards like Anderson Esiti of Gent who was axed for the 28 year old, gave him the edge to be called up.
However, he still has a whole lot of work to do if he is to displace the manager’s preferred midfield duo of Mikel Obi and Eddy Onazi, particularly Onazi who has more or less personalised the team defensive midfield position the last two years.