World Exclusive By Qasim Elegbede In Mainz, Germany:
Nigeria defender, Leon Balogun played his fifth German Bundesliga 1 match for FSV Mainz 05 on Saturday against Bayern Munich who won 3-0 at Coface Arena, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Mainz coach, Martin Schmid, played Balogun only in the last nine minutes of the match as he cautiously handles the defender's comeback from an injury-induced layoff.
Balogun told Completesportsnigeria.com shortly after the match at Coface Arena, that he was working on his progression according to the coach's plan.
"I feel bad that we lost today because I thought we played better than the result shows," Balogun told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"But I'm pleased with my effort when I was called upon by the coach.
"I'm fully fit and ready to help the team whenever I'm called. It's the coach's decision to bench me for whatever tactics he wanted to employ and I respect that because that's his job while mine is to be ready to help the team whenever I'm called, be it from the beginning or be it in the last 10 minutes, I just have to be ready to give my all."