Hapoel Be’er Sheva of Israel midfielder, John Ugochukwu Ogu has revealed that he had to spend a lot of his personal funds in order to p0ut himself back into top fitness for the Super Eagles invitation for Friday’s match against Algeria due to injury.
After netting a ‘wonder goal’ that almost gave Nigeria an away victory to consolidate their World Cup qualification in Constantine on Friday, Ogu disclosed that he had to make many sacrifices in order to be fit for the game.
Ogu went off injured in an Europa League game for his Israeli side Hapoel Be’er Sheva against Romanian side Steaua Bucuresti due to a muscle injury, and was later told he will be out for four weeks.
However the 29 year old battled his way back to full fitness in order to be fit for the game against Algeria, and he returned back to the pitch two weeks earlier than the time given to him by the doctors.
“October 20, in a game against Steaua 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.
“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 4 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 3 times .Spent also on Orthotics to fit in my boots. Came back exactly in 2weeks just to be back to represent my country. Missed 2 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”, he posted on Twitter.