Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu, on Thursday night suffered defeat in the Israeli Toto cup final to Maccabi Tel Aviv in a keenly contested encounter.
Be’ersheva suffered a set back in attack, due to the absence of the injured Super Eagles striker Anthony Nwakaeme.
There was little doubt Maccabi was the
better team in the first half, but had
nothing to show for its efforts at the
Be’er Sheva coach Barak Bachar knew he had to do something, and made three substitutions at the start of the second half.
Dor Elo, Vova Broun and Tomas Pekhart replaced Ben Bitton, John Ogu and Michael Ohana, and Bachar also adjusted his team’s formation in order to counter Maccabi’s dominance.
But Maccabi got the all important goal in the 83rd minute with an header from Vidar Orn Kjartansson’s to finish the game at 1-0.
Hapoel started the season on a good note, playing fantastically well in preliminary round of the UEFA champions league before they dropped to Europa league, before eventually crashing out of Europe.
With the domestic cup loss, it might give the team a set back, although they are well placed on the league table to either win the league or return to Europe.