Leon Balogun Disturbing the Peace in South Africa

Leon Balogun Disturbing the Peace in South Africa

The last time Nigeria met South Africa, the story is very familiar but one man was absent; cue Leon Balogun.

At the time, the defender playing for German Bundesliga outfit, Mainz 05,had forged a partnership with William Troost-Ekong in the heart of the Eagles defence that was solid.

 


Unfortunately, on 10 June 2017 the lanky, towering Center-Back would play no part in the first-leg of the sides’ 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

 

Balogun has endured the misfortune of many-a disturbing injury problems in his career and prior to the meeting between the Eagles and Bafana Bafana in Uyo, that demon rose out of the dirt.

 

The eventual result was a back line that could not hold and well as the saying goes, the rest is history.

 

But fast forward 525 days, the 30-year-old now an English premier league and poised to pull on the Nigerian jersey against South Africa for a bigger purpose.

 

Balogun is expected to partner Troost in the Eagles back four with the team seeking the W that not only cements Nigeria’s place as Group E leader, but also confirms the Country’s return to the AFCON.

 

Thus it’s fitting when the West Berlin-born footballer tweeted a photo with his teammates [Iheanacho, Etebo, Troost, Ogu, Ezenwa and Omeruo] ahead of the clash with the simple creative caption: DSTRBN SA

 

For the more traditional minds: Disturbing South Africa

 

Disturbing for the South African because of the presence of Nigeria’s best on their soil with a mission to throw Bafana’s 2019 AFCON qualification off the grid.

 

Kick off for the encounter is 2pm Nigerian time at the FNB Stadium in Jo’burg.

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