Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has sensationally revealed how an encounter with a female seer motivated him to switch international allegiance to Nigeria and start playing for the Super Eagles.
Balogun, 30, joined Brighton from Bundesliga club Mainz earlier this summer and has featured in matches against Manchester Unitedand Liverpool in the early weeks of the season.
The centre-back was encouraged to re-connect with his roots during a spiritual awakening and this has enabled him to take a big step forward in his career.
“I had a lot of issues with injuries so my sister said ‘look, I have this one lady I always go and see her and she reads auras,” Balogun told BBC’s Football Focus.
“I was like ‘let’s give it a try.’ She asked some questions about me and my right shoulder – if I had an injury or something. I thought ‘how would she know?’ I can see a hole in your aura on that side.
“I showed her my scar there and it was attracting bad energies and it gives them entrance into your whole being.
“After she asked me if I had lost someone close to me or a dear person five years ago and that’s when she had my attention because my grandma died around that time.
“I had never really met my grandma in Nigeria but when she died it was one of the worst feeling I’ve had in my life.
“This lady, she could read it or see it somehow and she gave me the advice to go to Nigeria and reconnect with the country.
“When I got the call for the national team, that reconnection started and since then things have fallen into place.
“There might have been times when I took a step back, but then I was able to take two steps forward, or even three, so I am very happy with the way everything happened in the end.”
Balogun was born in Berlin to a Nigerian father and a German mother but with his upbringing in Germany, he drifted apart from his Nigerian heritage.
He has 22 appearances for Nigeria having first been called up when he was a Fortuna Dusseldorf player and was named in the squad for the World Cup in Russia.
Balogun played every minute of Nigeria’s World Cup campaign but defeats to Croatia and Argentina saw them exit at the group stage.