Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation has instructed the
medical doctor of Super Eagles, Ibrahim Gyaran to ensure full attention and
necessary service is provided for injured Germany-based right back, Leon
Balogun fell hard while challenging for a high ball, after
coming in to replace Efe Ambrose in the second half of Wednesday's
international friendly clash with Mexico at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta,
Georgia, United States of America.
The fair-skinned defender, a virtual unknown in Nigeria's
football firmament before being called up by Coach Stephen Keshi in place of injured
skipper Joseph Yobo, showed excellent spirit in flying to America at short
notice, and was brilliant in the two training sessions and the few minutes he
starred against the El Tri.
"The NFF is pleased with the attitude, general conduct
and potential of the young defender Leon Balogun. It is unfortunate that he got
injured when he went for that ball”, NFF president, Aminu Maigari said in a statement.
"All the same, I have instructed the Team Doctor,
Gyaran to keep in contact with the player and ensure that he is able to provide
for the boy, or promptly advise the NFF, towards his full recovery. We are
happy that afterall, he will not be needing any surgery on the leg.
"A player of Balogun's attitude, discipline and
dedication is an asset to any team in the world," Maigari said.
Maigari has also promised to personally visit the player in
Germany to spur his recovery.
"I will find time to go and see the boy in Germany. He
has shown brilliant spirit and we are keen on his recovery and general development."
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