Brioghton & Hove Albion of England defender, Leon Aderemi Balogun has admitted that he felt really good getting back into national team action, after missing several matches with his club in the past weeks.
A string of injuries, loss of form and keen competition for a shirt at his club have accounted for Balogun’s lost spot at Brighton, and appeared to also cost him a place in the Super Eagles, as he was benched for their last 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles on Friday.
However, after missing that game at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, the former Fortuna Dusseldorf, Darmstadt and SV Mainz 05 of Germany stopper was back in the Eagles’ starting line up for Tuesday’s friendly against Egypt, in which he lasted the distance at same venue.
He ended up putting in a yeoman’s performance, especially in the second half, during which he pulled off two key tackles to stop goal bound Egyptian moves, and footballlive.ng can report how excited he was to be back doing what he loves doing best.
The Germany-born mulatto took to social media to reveal the level of his joy, with a confession that it was a relief getting another opportunity to wear Nigeria’s green-and-white jersey, despite not being in the picture of Brighton’s starting line-up in recent weeks.
Balogun posted: “It’s been the longest time not playing, even longer not wearing the (jersey) Happy to come back with a win – thank you Asaba.”