John Ogu expresses disappointment with Keshi and Rohr’s World Championship decision

Ogu played almost all of the qualifiers and represented Nigeria at the 2013 Confederations Cup, but was left out of Keshi’s final 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Super Eagles midfielder has now expressed his disappointment at the decision and said he should have been in the squad.

Ogu revealed that some players in the squad didn’t play a role in qualifying but were still selected ahead of him.

“The first World Cup I was supposed to go to, during a pre-World Cup match against Italy, I did well,” Ogu told Pulse Sports. “Everyone was sure that John Ogu would go to the World Cup.

Even when Keshi said not everyone would make the team, I was sure I wasn’t one of those he was referring to.

And then the list came out, my name wasn’t there.

And the painful part was that, unlike me, some of the names on the list didn’t play a single qualifier.

“And that’s how I missed this World Cup,” said Ogu.

Although Ogu returned to the squad after the 2014 World Cup and made it into the 2018 World Cup squad, he was never allowed to play on the biggest stage.

The Al-Adalah midfielder said he was disappointed that former Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr decided to bench him in the final game against Argentina.

“And then there was the last World Cup, the dream (to go to the World Cup) came true and the man (ex-coach Gernot Rohr) didn’t even give me a minute.”

He said. “Even when I had to be on the pitch when the Nigerians needed me against Argentina, he didn’t put me in. That was painful too.

Ogu stayed with the team after the 2018 World Cup and represented the country at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The 34-year-old admitted he felt pain after the team lost to Algeria in the semifinals.

“The second was the semifinals of AFCON 2019 where we lost to Algeria and couldn’t reach the final.

“It was tough even though I wasn’t on the pitch,” added Ogu.

Ogu has 24 caps for Nigeria but has not played for the team since 2019.

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