Lagos - Defender Leon Balogun is delighted to make his
international debut for Nigeria in the international friendly against Mexico
despite copping an injury in the game.
The Fortuna Dusseldorf of Germany right back replaced
Michael Uchebe just at the resumption of the second half but was pulled off 20
minutes later after suffering an injury on his right foot.
The player said it was painful that he copped the injury but
added that he has no regret making a decision to play for Nigeria.
“I am a Nigerian, my father is from Ijebu Ode and my mother
is half Italian and half German so I chose to play for my fatherland and I am
enjoying it so far”.
“The only thing at the moment is that I don’t understand
Pidgin English, which many speak in camp but I will soon catch up because I
like the atmosphere in the Eagles camp”.
The players who bonded faster with Balogun in camp include
John Mikel Obi, Emmanuel Emenike, Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi.
“But am in tune with all my teammates and I’m happy the way
I was received as if I have been with them for a very long time meanwhile I
never met any of them till now. I pray my injury heals on time so that I can
return to playing football for my club and country”, Balogun said.
The player is due for a surgery in Germany and will be out
for at least eight weeks.
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