Unlike most other players in the Super Eagles squad, John Ogu was not thrown into the deep end at an early age. The midfielder, who plays his club football in Portugal for Academica de Coimbra, was already 25 when he first played for the Super Eagles in a 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ qualifier against Kenya this March.


In the game he picked up a slight injury in the process that kept him out for two weeks, but that did not prevent Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi from selecting him for a packed June in which the Super Eagles were to play two FIFA World Cup qualifiers, a friendly and compete in the FIFA Confederations Cup. The central midfielder started playing for minor league clubs Starlet FC and Fly Sport Academic in Nigeria before signing for - now defunct - Slovenian first division club Drava Ptuj as an 18-year-old after travelling to Europe for a trial with the team.


After four successful seasons in Slovenia, he moved to Portugal in 2010 and signed for Atletico CP but found his playing time limited. He then signed for the reserve side of Almeria. After a short-lived stint in Spain he moved back to Portugal and joined Uniao de Leiria. When they were relegated, Ogu moved within the La Liga to Academica and has not looked back since.