When Stephen Keshi announced his squad for the finals of the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, the inclusion of midfielder Fegor Ogude drew some raised eyebrows. But the coach showed his confidence in the 25-year-old by picking him for the Super Eagles' opening game and he kept his place for the next two, but he had to sit out the all-important quarter-final against Côte d'Ivoire after picking up two bookings in the previous matches.


His replacement, Ogenyi Onazi, made the most of the chance he was given and kept Ogude out of the team thereafter. However, Ogude is a versatile player, who has played as a right back, defensive midfielder and even as a forward. He started his professional career with Warri Wolves, whom he captained.


His performances in the Nigerian Premier League grabbed international attention, and he was invited for trials by Norwegian club Valerenga in 2009. He did well enough for the club to decide that they wanted to track his progress and a year later he signed a contract with the Tippeligaen club. He received his first-call up under Keshi's predecessor Samson Siasia, but a lengthy injury lay-off saw him drop off the international scene for close to a year until he was brought back by Keshi.