—Nigeria Defender Targets Maximum Points In All AFCON Qualifiers
By Richard Jideaka:
Super Eagles right-back Leon Balogun has boasted that beating Chad and bagging the maximum three points in their African Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday is not negotiable.
Balogun told Complete Sport that the Eagles will, without sounding disrespectful, have a real go at Chad with the maximum points in mind, adding that he is looking forward to his competitive debut in Kaduna.
He stated that they (players) have resolved to win all their qualifying matches enroute to booking a ticket to the African Nations Cup in Gabon next year, noting that Chad will not spoil things for them this early.
"We wont underrate the Chadians because the game has developed so much that no country is a push over again in Africa,” he told completesportsnigeria.com.
“ Chad are underdogs and could prove to be difficult on Saturday but they must get beaten no matter the scoreline.
"What happened to us in the friendly against Uganda will never happen again. We have learnt our lesson, that is why we won’t spare the Chadians. The plan is to win all our games at home and away. Nigeria cannot afford to miss AFCON again."
Asked if he would be able to cope with the physical and rebust African football, the Germany-based Balogun said that he has been able to adjust, adding he is also an African.