The left-back, who has been a constant feature in the Super Eagles under Stephen Keshi, formally moved to Efe Ambrose’s former club on Wednesday and made his debut three days later.
Oshaniwa signed a four-year deal and assisted his new team to a 2-1 win over Beitar Jerusalem, to make a winning start to his career in Israel and give himself a proper birthday present.
He joined the club based on the advice of fellow Super Eagles defender Ambrose. “I had a lot of offers including two from France,” said Oshaniwa to allnigeriasoccer.com.
“But on the advice of Efe Ambrose, I chose MS Ashdod. He told me the club can help me develop and I hope to follow his footsteps in Israel."
And on making his debut two days after signing the dotted line and being handed jersey N0.18, Oshaniwa said, “I want to thank God for making my debut so fast."
He hinged the quick progression of his career on God. He also thanked the Keshi-led Super Eagles crew for helping him develop his game.
“I want to thank my coach at Sharks and every member of the team.
“I am also very grateful to the coaches in the Super Eagles led by the Big Boss Stephen Keshi, Daniel Amokachi, Sylvanus Okpala and Ike Shorunmu for taking me to this stage in my career,” he added.