WCQ: Leon Balogun thanks Nigerians

FSV Mainz 05 and Super Eagles centre back, Leon Balogun, has thanked Nigerian football fans for their show of love to him on his return to the Nigeria senior national team and for their appreciation of his performance in the two-leg Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying games against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Uyo and Yaounde.

Leon went off duty for club and country in May due to injury, a situation that denied the Super Eagles his services against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in an AFCON 2019 qualifier which Nigeria lost 0-2 at home in Uyo, but he bounced back into action to provide the Super Eagles a remarkable solidity in defence to ensure a successful campaign against Cameroon in the Africa Group B World Cup qualifiers.

Many Nigerians have hailed Leon’s role in his partnership with Bursaspor’s William Troost-Ekong in central defence, especially his astute clearances in the was vital to Nigeria’s safety and success and he says he is overwhelmed by the welcome and show of love.

“The way you’re showing me love is on another level. Don’t even know what to say – I’m overwhelmed, touched. THANK YOU Nigeria,” Leon said on his Twitter handle on Tuesday.

He tweeted again saying: “And to all the Nigerians showing me love for what I do I wanna say a MASSIVE thank you. It really means a lot to me – you’re something else.”

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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
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