Ogu nominated for Israeli Premier League awards

The Nigerian midfielder has been included in a shortlist of five best players and foreign players in the Ligat ha’Al

Midfielder John Ogu has been nominated for two key season ending awards in the Israeli Premier League – player of the season and foreign player of the season.

The Nigerian has scored four goals in 32 matches so far as Hapoel Be’er Sheva remain in pole position in the championship playoffs.

In the Player of the Season category, Ogu has been nominated alongside his team mates Elyaniv Barda (14 goals) and midfielder Maor Melikson. The other nominees are Maccabi Tel Aviv midfielders Eran Zahavi (31 goals) and Gal Abertman.

Zahavi has won the award in the last two years.

Ogu also leads the Best Foreign Player category which includes compatriot and Be’er Sheva team mate Anthony Nwakaeme, Zambian striker Evans Kangwa (Hapoel Raanana), Argentinean midfielder Pedro Galvan (Bnei Yehuda), and Australian forward Nikita Rukavytsya (Beitar Jerusalem).

The player expressed his appreciation for the honour on Friday, tweeting: “It feels great to be nominated for the player of the season and as one of the best foreign players in Israel League.”

Ogu played in Nigeria’s team at the Confederations Cup in Brazil in 2014 and is set to follow in the footsteps of former goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama who won the Israeli Player of the Year title in 2009..