Leon Balogun upbeat in spite of injury breaks

Leon Balogun says he is looking forward to reuniting with Williams Troost Ekong in the center of the Super Eagles defence against Cameroon on Friday.

The Mainz 05 center back has been in and out of the Nigerian team as a result of recurring injuries but insists it has not slowed him down one bit.

Of course it is always a disappointment to be injured but I do not look at my past.

Injuries are injuries and they are part of the game, but one positive is that is has not affected my performance anytime I am here to play for the Super Eagles,” Balogun said.

Balogun missed Nigeria’s last game against South Africa with injury leaving William Troost Ekong to pair win Central Defence with Chiedozie Awaziem.

Every time I play with William (Troost Ekong) we show that the disconnect does not really break us.

The only thing I am disappointed in is the games I miss because William and I get along on and off the pitch. It is good to be back,” Balogun said.

Leon Balogun first played for the Super Eagles in March 2014 in a friendly match against Mexico, replacing Joseph Yobo at half time, but got injured twenty minutes later as he collided with a signage, missing the World Cup as a result.

A full year after his debut, he played his 2nd match for the Eagles in a 1-0 loss to Uganda on 25th March 2015.

He has played 8 times for Nigeria in three years.

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