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It has been really heavy, Nigerian footballer laments challenges

Nigerian footballer, John Ogu, has revealed that he has recently been engaged with some troubling personal issues. 

In a post which he shared on his Instagram stories on Monday night, the footballer who plays for Saudi Arabian club, Al-Adalah FC, said that the past months have really been heavy. 

Although the footballer did not mention the challenges he is facing, he however expressed that he questions God at times. 

He wrote; “I know God never makes any mistakes but I know sometimes we all question him why at times. This past months have been really heavy!!” 

In March 2013, Ogu was called up to the Nigerian national side for a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier and debuted against Kenya in a 1–1 draw. 

He has since recorded 25 appearances in the Super Eagles team. 

Ogu came under the spotlight in the aftermath of the EndSARS protests when he called on the Super Eagles team to boycott November 2020 AFCON qualifiers as a way of driving home the EndSARS protest against police brutality in the country. 

Speaking on World Football show on BBC World Service radio in October 23, 2020, Ogu said: “What is the point in representing the country if this is what the politicians, the people we’re representing, can do to us? How can I go to the national team to represent my country, to represent the government and the people when I think of the lost souls of those who have been killed? Boycotting the AFCON qualifier in November would ‘make a statement’ in the protest the government.”

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