John Ogu quits Israeli club after five years

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Super Eagles mid fielder, John Ogu has decided to quit Isreal Premier League side, Hapoel Beer-Sheva after five years of being at the club.

He made this known on his twitter handle @ogujohnugo while thanking the club and the fans for making it possible for him to be at 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,” he tweeted.

The 30 year old, however, has not revealed the next club he will be playing with next season.

Ogu started his professional career with a Slovenian football club, Drava Ptuj in 2006 and has gone to play for other European clubs till he moved to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in 2014.

In the ranking of Walla by 60 sports journalists and professionals for the 2016–17 season, Ogu was chosen as the best soccer player in Israel.

” I feel like what they are offering is not enough for me,” Ogu told BBC Sport recently.

“And I need a different challenge now.

“I hope something positive comes from them [Hapoel Beer Sheva] but if not I’ll move on to further my career somewhere else. I believe I have the ability to continue my career in Germany or Spain.”

After stints in Slovenia, Spain and Portugal, Ogu moved to Hapoel Beer Sheva in September 2014 after his contract with Academica de Coimbra was ended by mutual consent.

He won three successive league titles as well as lifting the Israeli Super Cup twice and was part of the Super Eagles squad at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“I achieved a lot in Israel but this year has been too bad for my team and for me personally,” the 2017 Israeli Cup winner added.

“That’s life, that’s football and now I am thinking ahead and looking forward to a greater challenge.

“I think I have the ability and the skills to achieve success elsewhere. Just waiting for my agent to know the next direction.”

He has made 186 Hapoel appearances, scoring 18 goals and providing eight assists.

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