John Ogu: The Confederations Cup was a great learning experience

The Academica midfielder is relishing the prospect of qualifying for the World Cup to once more play against the world's top sides having gained valuable experience this term

With the argument still raging whether the Super Eagles had a good tournament in Brazil, one of the protagonists, John Ogu told Goal that the experience will serve the national team very well in the coming months.

Ogu returned with the team following their early exit after two losses to Uruguay and Spain in Brazil last week.

“The Confederations Cup was a great experience for me personally and to my football career and for the team,” Ogu told Goal.

The Academica midfielder started the game against Uruguay and came on for the other two – against Tahiti and Spain. He said playing against Spaniards Xavi and Andres Iniesta was an experience that will help him get better.

“It was great coming on against Spain because I like watching most of their players and playing on the same pitch with them gave me goose bumps.

“This was a great learning experience for me and the other guys. The Eagles will only get better from now on because we now better understand the challenge we will face in 2014 by God’s grace when we come back for the World Cup,” he added.

The 24-year old midfielder said he will be taking some weeks off the game to relax with family and friends and then to pre-season with his Portuguese club.

“Right now, my focus is firmly on playing for Academica next season but you never know in football. I do not worry about transfer speculations.”

Ogu also spoke about the must-win encounter against Malawi in September which will qualify the Eagles for the last round of African qualifiers.

“I think with what we have seen [in Brazil] and with our performances against top sides, we know that we have to win to get to the next stage and that is the only thing on our mind,” Ogu concluded.