Hapoel Be’er Sheva of Israel midfielder John Ogu has revealed he almost missed the 2018 World Cup qualification match against Algeria due to injury.
Ogu, who sat on the bench in the last four Super Eagles games got his first start under Gernot Rohr in Constantine.
The former Academica player put Nigeria ahead in the 62nd minute with a superb finish from distance, before Yacine Brahimi leveled scores late in the game for the hosts from a controversial penalty decision by the referee.
Ogu revealed he almost missed the opportunity to convince the Franco-German coach after he got injured two weeks before the Algeria game.
“October 20, in a game against Steau Bucharest in our UEFA Cup match, I had a little tear in my satorious muscle that forced me out of the game. I usually don’t go out from games but that night it was painful so I did,” revealed Ogu via his official Twitter handle.
“Weekend of that same week, we were to play against Maccabi Tel Aviv which is a very important game for my club. Training on Saturday, I wanted to play with me begging our doctors to inject me. But they refused because they don’t want to risk it.
“I was thinking also of this day and moment in my career. So I went for Ultra sound and it was that I had a tear and I will be out for four weeks they said. Thank God for the Gene he blesses me with. I told them I will be back in two weeks.
“I spent my own money to visit a specialist, went for therapy with my team three times. Spent also on Orthotics to fit in my boots. Came back exactly in two weeks just to be back to represent my country. Missed two league games and Europa League game.
“I’m not looking way too sharp yet but I will keep working hard. I’m really proud of the team tonight. We worked as a team and fought for each other. Happy all my efforts were not in vain. I’m Grateful to God for his grace upon my life,” Ogu concluded.