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Balogun happy to debut for Nigeria despite injury blow

07 March 2014, 10:56Israel Ojoko

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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