John Ugochukwu

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John Ogu
Personal information
Full name John Ogu Ugochukwu[1]
Date of birth (1988-04-20) 20 April 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Central Midfielder,attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hapoel Be'er Sheva
Number 30
Youth career
Starlet FC
2005–2006 Fly Sport Academic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Drava Ptuj 97 (8)
2010–2011 Atlético CP 1 (0)
2011 Almería B 0 (0)
2011–2012 União de Leiria 17 (3)
2012–2014 Académica de Coimbra 27 (1)
2014- Hapoel Be'er Sheva 19 (3)
National team
2013– Nigeria 10 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:28, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

John Ogu Ugochukwu (born 20 April 1988 in Lagos) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Israeli Premier League side Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

Club career[edit]

Ogu began his career with Starlet FC, Lagos and in 2005 he joined Fly Sport Academic.[2] On 23 September 2006 left Fly Sport Academic and signed after successful trial with Slovenian First League club NK Drava Ptuj[3] where he stayed during 4 seasons.

In summer 2010 he moved to Atlético Clube de Portugal playing in Portuguese third tier, but after 6 months he moved to neighbouring Spain joining UD Almería B.[4] He moved back to Portugal in November 2011 to join Portuguese side U.D. Leiria. After U.D. Leiria's relegation from the top flight, Ogu moved to Académica de Coimbra in July 2012 on a free transfer.[5]

Ogu scored his first goal for Académica in a third round cup tie against Ponte da Barca.[6] He scored his first league goal against Vitória de Setúbal in a decisive away win which would grant Académica safety in the Portuguese top flight.[7]

On 7 September 2014, Ogu signed a four year contract for Hapoel Be'er Sheva F.C. from the Israeli Premier League. On 29 November, he scored his first goal for Hapoel Be'er Sheva against Maccabi Netanya in a 4-0 win at the Vasermil Stadium.

International career[edit]

In March 2013, Ogu was called up to the Nigerian national side for a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualfier.[8] He debuted against Kenya in a 1–1 draw, where he was used as a substitute to replace an injured Victor Moses.[9]

On 31 May 2013, Ogu scored his first international goal against Mexico in a friendly game which took place at the Reliant Stadium in Houston.[10]

On 9 June 2013, Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi selected Ogu as one of 23 players to participate in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://pt.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/competition/02/10/38/80/fcclop_neutral.pdf
  2. ^ Interview at LusoAfrica.net
  3. ^ John Ugochukwu Ugu Statistika
  4. ^ John Ogu at ForaDeJogo
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Ponte da Barca 1–3 Académica". ZeroZero (in Portuguese). 21 October 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "V. Setúbal 0–1 Académica". ZeroZero (in Portuguese). 5 May 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "John Ogu chamado à seleção nigeriana" [John Ogu called up to Nigerian side]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 March 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "NIGERIAKENYA 1:1". FIFA.com. 23 March 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Jonh Ogu marca pela Nigéria no empate frente ao México (2–2)" [Jonh Ogu marca pela Nigéria no empate frente ao México (2–2)]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 1 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Nigeria to take new-look squad to Confederations Cup". BBC Sport. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 

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