Ogu Delighted With Hapoel Beer-Sheva’s Third Straight Israeli Title

Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu has celebrated Israeli club Hapoel Beer-Sheva’s Israeli Premier League third title in a row, Completesportsnigeria.com

Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu has celebrated Israeli club Hapoel Beer-Sheva’s Israeli Premier League third title in a row, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Hapoel Beer-Sheva claimed the title on Sunday despite going down to a 1-0 defeat at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv as their closest challenger Beitar Jerusalem could only manage a 3-3 draw at Bnei Yehuda.

“3 in a row!!   ,” Ogu wrote on his Twitter handle with a picture of himself and his international teammate Anthony Nwakaeme with the league shield.

Beer-Sheva have now garnered 74 points from 34 matches, seven points clear of title rivals, Beitar Jerusalem.

Ogu has featured in 27 league games for the club with three goals to his name.

NNwakaeme on the other hand has scored 10 goals in 27 appearances for the club this season.

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Cruyff’s Son Jordi Hails Ogu, Nwakaeme’s Beer Sheva Worthy Israeli Champions

By James Agberebi: Son of late Dutch football great Johan Cruyff, Jordi, has described Hapoel Beer Sheva that parades Nigerian

By James Agberebi:

Son of late Dutch football great Johan Cruyff, Jordi, has described Hapoel Beer Sheva that parades Nigerian duo John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme as worthy champions of the Israeli top flight league.

Hapoel Beer Sheva were confirmed league champions for the third straight season on Saturday despite their 1-0 home loss to Maccabi Tel Aviv handled by Cruyff, in the six-team Championship play-offs.

Hapoel Beer Sheva claimed the title following a 3-3 draw between Bnei Yehuda and Beitar Jerusalem also on Saturday.

Reacting to his side’s win against Hapoel Beer Sheva, Cruyff who was a former Barcelona and Manchester United player, expressed confidence that Maccabi Tel Aviv will qualify for Europe next season.

“Another win against the worthy champions is always a good way to make our fans happy. Maccabi will be back in Europe again next season,” Cruyff wrote on his verified Twitter handle.

Despite already securing the title, Hapoel Beer Sheva still have two games to play in the play-offs against Hapoel Haifa and Maccabi Netanya.

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ROUND-UP: Ogu, Nwakaeme’s Title Party Delayed; Omeruo, Ezekiel In Action; Balogun, Etebo, Ebuehi Out

By Johnny Edward: Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo made his 28th apprearance for Kasimpasa on Saturday as they defeated Genclerbirligi

By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo made his 28th apprearance for Kasimpasa on Saturday as they defeated Genclerbirligi 3-1 in a Turkish Super Lig fixture, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Omeruo, who is expected to be named in Nigeria’s preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, was issued a yellow card in the 90th minute after coming on for Bernard Mensah in the 37th minute.

It was the second time this season that Omeruo was introduced into a game this season.

His compatriot, Emem Eduok, also replaced Ihan Depes in the 68th minute of Kasimpasa’s win for his 29th game of the season. Eduok has scored seven goals and has made two assists.

In Israel, Nigeria midfielder John Ogu and forward Anthony Nwakaeme were handed starting roles for Hapoel Beer-Sheva whose hopes of clinching a third Isreali title were delayed on Saturday following their 1-0 defeat to at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv in an Israeli Championship playoffs game.

Dor Peretz scored the only goal of the game in the 44th minute for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

A win for Hapoel Beer-Sheva on Tuesday against Hapoel Haifa will land the Camels the title.

In Spain, Rio 2016 Olympics star Imoh Ezekiel came on for Jairo Sampeiro in the 51st minute of Las Palmas’ 1-0 loss at Eibar.

The game was Ezekiel’s 10th appearance of the season in the Spanish LaLiga. Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, who has been battling to be fit, was not listed for the game.

In Germany, Nigerian striker Anthony Ujah was an unused substitute for Mainz 05 who lost 2-1 to Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun missed his fourth straight Bundesliga game despite returning to full training. Balogun has made 15 apprearances for Mainz this season.

In the Netherlands, Tyronne Ebuehi was not listed in ADO Den Haag’s side that lost 2-1 to Vitesse in Saturday’s Dutch UEFA Europa League play-off game. It was the fifth straight game in a row the 22-year-old was missing.

Ebuehi has made 28 apprearances for ADO Den Haag this season.

Home Eagles midfielder Afeez Aremu made his ninth Norwegian league start for IK Start who lost 1-0 to Brann on Saturday. IK Start are without a win in their last eight league games.

IK Start’s last league win was against Tromso on March 11.

In Hungary, Ezekiel Henty came on at half time to replace John Knezevic in Puskas Academy’s 1-0 win over Ujpest that paraded Obinna Nwobodo for the entire duration of the game.

Henty has played 16 games for Puskas Academy since he joined on a six months loan deal.

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Ogu Eyes Third Straight Israeli League Title In “Toughest Season”

Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu says he is looking forward to winning his third straight Israeli league title with Hapoel

Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu says he is looking forward to winning his third straight Israeli league title with Hapoel Beer-Sheva when they host Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Championship play-offs on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Hapoel currently top the six-team play-off round with 11 points after five games.

In second position are Beitar Jerusalem on seven points, while Maccabi Tel Aviv are third also on seven points.

Hapoel will be crowned league winners with a win against Maccabi Tel Aviv with a game to spare in the play-offs.

“Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character. Chasing my 3rd League title in a row,” Ogu tweeted on Friday.

“A win tomorrow gets us the title. Toughest season for me professionally and personally but I am Grateful to God for always there for me whenever I call!!”

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Ogu: Banega Is The Toughest Argentina Player I’ve Faced

By Johnny Edward: Super Eagles midfielder, John Ogu, has described Ever Banega as the toughest Argentina midfielder he has faced

By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles midfielder, John Ogu, has described Ever Banega as the toughest Argentina midfielder he has faced in a football match, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Hapoel Be’er Sheva midfielder has faced the Sevilla star man three times – twice with Hapoel Be’er Sheva and once with the Super Eagles.

He admits that the 29 year old Banega has tremendous skills in linking up defensive play with the attack perfectly which the Eagles must be wary of in their 2018 World Cup Group D match against the Albiceleste in Saint Petersburg on June 26.

Nigeria will clash with Argentina in their final group D game after facing Croatia and Iceland at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup with the duo expected to come up against themselves in that encounter.

“Argentina are a good side and with Banega in the middle, we must also watch him, not Lionel Messi alone,” Ogu began in a exclusive chat with CSN.

“With Banega around, you have to be at alert always. I have played against him three times – twice with Hapoel Beer Sheva and once with the Super Eagles.

“He’s that type of player that can deal with you defensively and hurt you as wellgoing forward. He is strong, stubborn and skilful as well.”

Ogu and Banega are expected to be named in Nigeria and Argentina’s squads respectively, for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Meanwhile Ogu, 29, is expected to be named in Nigeria’s squad to face DR Congo in an international friendly match on May 29 is also looking forward to winning his third Israeli League title with Hapoel Beer Sheva this season.

“We just need to win and be sure of another title. Moving to Isreal when I did was one of the best footballing decisions I made because I won titles,” he stated.

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Ogu Thrilled As Be’er Sheva Bag Massive Win, Inch Closer To Israeli League Title

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By Adeboye Amosu:                                                                                                                                                                                            Nigeria midfielder, John Ogu,   is delighted to see his Israeli club, Hapoel Be’er Sheva beat title rivals, Beitar Jerusalem, in Saturday’s crunch encounter at the Teddi Malicha Stadium, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Barak Bakhar’s men moved closer to winning the title with a comfortable 4-1 win against their hosts.

Beitar Jerusalem scored first through Ben Ezra in the 22nd minute but the visitors rallied back with four goals in the second half.

Hatem El Hamed equalised for Hapoel Be’er Sheva two minutes after the break, while Hanan Maman gave them the lead for the first time five minutes later.

Ben Sahar took the game beyond the home team with another goal in the 64th minute.

Ogu’s international teammate, Anthony Nwakaeme added the fourth 10 minutes later – his 10th league  goal of the season in 27 appearances.

“Thank you lord for last night’s Win!!!    ,” Ogu wrote on his Twitter handle on Sunday.

Ogu, who received a yellow card in the game seven minutes from time, has made 27 league appearances for Be’er Sheva this season and has scored three times.

Hapoel Be’er Sheva sit at the top of the table with 74 points from 33 points, while Beitar have 66 points from same number of matches.

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Ogu: I Can Play Defensive Or Attacking Midfield For Super Eagles

David Meshioye: Hapoel Beer-Sheva midfielder John Ogu has declared that he is ready to excel in any role given to

David Meshioye:

Hapoel Beer-Sheva midfielder John Ogu has declared that he is ready to excel in any role given to him by Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr as Nigeria at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Ogu is looking to get a spot in the Super Eagles squad to the World Cup in June and the midfield is the most competitive part of the team with many players jostling for few places.

“Call me defensive or attacking midfielder and you won’t be wrong. I am a midfielder and I’m ready to take up any role in Super Eagles just to ensure we succeed,” Ogu told CSN.

He however refused to be drawn into any controversy which queried Rohr’s preference for Onazi Ogenyi as starter alongside Mikel Obi and Wilfred Ndidi, saying he is undeterred by his substitute role in the team.

Ogu expressed confidence in the ability of the national team to go all the way in Russia barring any injury, adding that Rohr’s words of encouragement have kept the team together as a unit; a factor he describes as key to Super Eagles’ recent success.

“I’m really encouraged by those words coming from the manager. We will always work together as a team and I’m not really bothered about my substitute role in the team because all that matters now is victory,” he added.

“We believe we can do it at the World Cup, God willing.”

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Goal Hero Ogu ‘Proud’ Of Hapoel Beer-Sheva After Israeli Play-Offs Draw

By Johnny Edward: Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu is pleased to score for Hapoel Beer-Sheva who were held to a

By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu is pleased to score for Hapoel Beer-Sheva who were held to a 2-2 draw by Hapoel Haifa in Sunday’s Israeli Championship play-offs clash, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The goal was his first in six months for the club.

The 29-year-old Nigerian international last scored a goal for Hapoel Beer-Sheva in their 3-1 win over Hapoel Ra’annana on the 14th of October, 2017.

Ogu struck in the 79th minute of the game to make it 2-1 for Hapoel Beer-Sheva before an own goal from Ben Basat in the 90th minute nicked a point for the Camels from the game.

“Not the best game from us tonight but proud of the never give up from my team and fans. Happy to help my club with a goal. Thank you fans for the support. 6 More important games coming up,” Ogu wrote via his official Twitter account.

Despite the draw, Hapoel Beer-Sheva lead the Israeli Championship play-off round with seven points ahead of closest rivals Beiter Jerusalem who face Maccabi Tel Aviv later on Monday.

Hapoel Beer-Sheva face Maccabi Netanya away in their next game on Sunday.

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ROUND-UP: Ogu Scores In Israeli Play-Offs, Uzoho In Action As Deportivo Fabril Win

By James Agberebi: Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu was on target for Hapeol Beer-Sheva who fought back from 2-0 down

By James Agberebi:

Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu was on target for Hapeol Beer-Sheva who fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to Hapoel Haifa in the Israeli Championship play-offs on Sunday.

Ogu scored in the 79th minute to make it 2-1 for his side before an own goal by Eden Ben Basat levelled the score in the 90th minute.

The draw left Hapoel Beer-Sheva at the top of the six-team play-off group on 10 points, three points above second-placed Maccabi Netanya.

In the Belgian Group B Europa League play-offs, Nigeria striker Joseph Akpala started for Oostende who drew 2-2 at home against St. Truiden.

It was Oostende’s third straight draw; they have three points and afe third in the six-team play-offs group.

Akpala was however replaced in the 71st minute of the game.

And in the Spanish Segunda B, Group 1 (lower division), Super Eagles goalkeeper Francis Uzoho was in goal for Deportivo Fabril who thrashed Atletico Madrid B side 4-1.

The game was Uzoho’s 22nd league appearance for Deportivo Fabril so far this season.

Deportivo Fabril top the 20-team lower division table on 62 points with four games left to play.

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Ogu, Joel Obi In Action As Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Torino Win

By Johnny Edward: Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu made his 17th Israeli Premier League start of the season for Hapoel

By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu made his 17th Israeli Premier League start of the season for Hapoel BeerSheva who defeated Beiter Jerusalem 3-1 in Wednesday’s Championship play-off clash, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The win was Hapoel Beer-Sheva’s second in the Championship play-offs.

Ben Sahar gave Hapoel Beer-Sheva a third minute lead in the encounter before Niv Zrihan scored twice in the 39th and 50th minutes. Erik Sabo scored a consolatory goal in the 53rd minute.

The game was Ogu’s 30th appearance this season in all competitions and he has scored twice.

His compatriot Anthony Nwakaeme returned to the substitutes bench for the Camels after three weeks out with injury.

Nwakaeme has scored six goals and provided four assists in 17 league games for Hapoel Beer-Sheva this season.

Hapoel Beer-Sheva will face Maccabi Tel Aviv on Monday in their next game.

In Italy, Super Eagles midfielder Joel Obi came off the substitutes bench in the 73rd minute for Daniele Baselli to make his 20th Serie A appearance of the season for Torino who defeated Crotone 4-1 on Wednesday.

Andrea Belotti scored a hat-trick and Iago Falque added a strike. Marco Davide Faraoni grabbed a late goal in the 90th minute for Crotone.

Obi has made 15 starts in 20 Serie A games for Torino so far this term. He has also scored five goals.

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