Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun has apologized to Nigerians after the team failed to qualify for the FIFA 2022 World Cup.
In an emotional letter posted on his social media handle, Balogun admitted that the Super Eagles was not good enough for the qualification and the result was not acceptable, especially against a rival at home.
He described the failure to qualify for the mundial as his darkest time in the National team and pleaded with fans to forgive the team.
For the support you’ve shown us from afar, in front of your TV’s, in Kumasi, but especially in Abuja.
In my 8 years as Super Eagle, I have never seen so many hopeful and joyful faces supporting us, pushing us on relentlessly to reach our common goal and it was both, incredibly touching and overwhelming.
Everybody tried, everybody wanted to qualify so bad and play at the World Cup 2022 – for the first, for another or one last time.
The harder it is to accept that our best, individually as well as collectively, wasn’t good enough to make that happen – even more so given the rivalry.
I will probably always remember this painful exit as my darkest hour with the national team.
As players, we understand how much of an impact football can have on the mood of the nation – therefore we share your disappointment, frustration and the pain.
The Super Eagles lost the ticket on away goals after playing a 1-1 second-leg playoff draw against Ghana at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja. The first leg ended goalless.
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