Jordi Cruyff, the son of the late Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff, has lauded Hapoel Beer Sheva, featuring Nigerian players John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme, as deserving champions of the Israeli top-flight league. Despite suffering a 1-0 home loss to Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Beer Sheva secured their third consecutive league title on Saturday.
Jordi Cruyff, who previously played for Barcelona and Manchester United, coached Maccabi Tel Aviv in the six-team Championship play-offs. After the game, he expressed his confidence that Maccabi Tel Aviv would qualify for European competition next season. On his verified Twitter handle, Cruyff said, “Another win against the worthy champions is always a good way to make our fans happy. Maccabi will be back in Europe again next season.”
Even though Hapoel Beer Sheva has already clinched the title, they still have two games remaining in the play-offs against Hapoel Haifa and Maccabi Netanya. The team’s successful campaign marks their third consecutive championship and showcases the contributions of Nigerian players Ogu and Nwakaeme to their remarkable achievement.