Balogun honoured to have captained Nigeria, dedicates victory to Ikeme


FSV Mainz 05 of Germany and Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has expressed how honoured he was to have worn the Super Eagles captain armband against Algeria in the dead rubber 2018 World Cup qualification match on Friday night.

Balogun born to a Nigerian father and a German mother made his Super Eagles debut in 2014 during an international friendly game against Mexico when he replaced Joseph Yobo in the second half.

The former Hannover 96 defender wore the national team captain armband in the absence of team captain John Mikel Obi and his deputies Ogenyi Onazi and Elderson Echiejile who were ruled out of the match due to injury.

Balogun led Nigeria to a 1-1 draw encounter in Constantine against Algeria and finish the World Cup qualifiers unbeaten from six games and with 14 points.

He dedicated the team’s achievement to Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who is currently ill.

“Proud to have captained my country today and remain unbeaten at @FIFAWorldCup qualifiers. The road to Russia was an exciting and even more successful one. I dedicate this achievement to our team mate @Carl_Ikeme who started this journey with us. This one’s for you bro,” Balogun tweeted after the game.

He added: “Congrats to @Aina2Ola for making his full international debut. You did great brother. More to come #BallStoner. And special congrats to @ogujohnugo who’s been waiting for his chance so patiently. You deserved every minute today and I’m happy you rewarded yourself with that goal.”


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