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Mainz Hails Balogun, Super Eagles For 2018 World Cup Qualification

Mainz Hails Balogun, Super Eagles For 2018 World Cup Qualification

By James Agberebi: German Bundesliga side Mainz have praised their Nigerian defender, Leon Balogun, for helping the Super Eagles qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Eagles booked their place at next year’s World Cup after edging Zambia in a hard-fought 1-0 win in Uyo on Saturday.


Alex Iwobi who replaced Moses Simon in the second half, scored the match winner off Shehu Abdullahi’s cutback on 73 minutes.

The win means the Eagles now have unassailable 13 points after five games while Zambia remain on seven points from the same number of games.

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Balogun was in action for the Eagles and was impressive throughout the game.

Reacting to the Eagles’ qualification, Mainz tweeted on their verified Twitter handle:”Congrats, Leon Balogun and Nigeria Super Eagles! Nigeria came out on top to win 1-0 in a tight contest against Zambia. Leon played the full 90.”

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  • A no nonsense player. He paired well with Troost Ekong. Its a long while now we have this kind of fantastic pairing. Two ‘oyibo’ back men. In fact we have not had this kind of oyibo pairing in the history of Nigerian football.

  • Rancho 4 years ago

    The best defensive pairing ever! Can go to sleep knowing we’ve got a solid defensive duo. Congrats 9ja!!!

  • ako amadi 4 years ago

    About time they recognized his qualities at Mainz and gave Leon the respect he deserves. I cannot imagine how such a gifted player is always sitting on the bench

    • Debbie 4 years ago

      Don’t mind them Mainz. Maybe they are angry he chose to play for Nigeria. Benching Leon at Mainz doesn’t make any sense at all. I pray he stays fit for the world cup. After the world cup I am almost sure he is going to leave Mainz.

  • Leon Balogun is d solid rock kudos .

  • Pidan adebayo 4 years ago

    Kudos to all super eagles and their coach,no time for experimenting again,we should continue to face reality.up eagles.balogun no be bastard na our own,he get 9ja blood for his body,weldone boy

  • Balogun really play the game, he got the energy to keep his corner secured and that was why it was tough for the Zambian not to destroyed us as they expected, is God and we thank Him.

  • NFF should arrange first grade friendly matches for these guys to make them well prepared for the world cup proper in Russia. They deserve kudos for doing the nation proud. wonderful guys great coach.

  • raphael 4 years ago

    Am sure Late Keshi would be happy for the talent he discovered for Naija,
    The spirit of the legend lives on