Super Eagles’ midfielder, John Ogu, has been named the Best Foreign Player in the Israeli Premier League, (Ligat HaAl) for the 2015/16 season.
The 28-year old in what is his first major individual award, saw off competition from compatriot, Anthony Nwakeme and three others to win the award.
The award, which is voted for by club captains and coaches, saw the Nigerian pick up 64.2 per cent of votes ahead of second-placed Be’er Sheva teammate, Anthony Nwakaeme, who polled 21.6 per cent, while Nikita Rokabitzih finished third with 14 per cent of the votes. The two other players in the line up, Zambian Evans Kangwa and Argentine Pedro Galvan failed to score any votes.
Ogu took to Instagram to share the news saying; “Firstly I want to say a big thank you to God for everything he has done in my life. Thank you to my family, teammates and fans of Hapoel Be’er Sheva for voting. I was voted the best foreigner in the league.”
Ynet.co.il, an influential Israeli website, described Ogu as the main ingredient in Beer Sheva’s impressive performance this season, highlighting his strengths.
John Ogu was nicknamed a ‘Wall’ because of his ability to shield the defence and he was also praised for breaking up plays and setting up his team’s attacks.
The Hapoel Beer Sheva midfielder, has been a steady presence for the club as they powered to the top of the Israeli Premier league. He has scored four goals in 33 matches so far as the club remains in pole position in the championship playoffs.
Hapeol are at the verge of winning the Israeli title for the first time in 40 years, and may emerge the country’s champions if they win their last league match of the season on Saturday against Bnei Sakhnin.
Their closest rivals Maccabi Tel Aviv will have to win their game against Maccabi Haifa while hoping Beer Sheva drop points.