Balogun (left) with Super Eagles debutant Musa Mohammed
Sunday May 29, 2016. 04:00
AfricanFootball.com has specially gathered Germany-based defender Leon Balogun will start from the bench in Tuesday’s friendly against hosts Luxembourg after three major blunders in the heart of the defence, which a more ruthless team than Mali would have punished.
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The Mainz 05 ace paired Norway-based William Troost-Ekong in the heart of the Eagles back four against Mali on Friday, but his mistakes are likely to see lose his place to either Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo or Turkey-based Gbenga Arokoyo for the next game in Luxembourg City.
“The coaches have noted Balogun’s mistakes and will now consider either Omeruo or Arokoyo to pair Troost-Ekong against Luxembourg,” a top source who is in France with the Eagles informed AfricanFootball.com
Omeruo has been held back by a visa hitch and only had his first training with the rest of the squad Saturday evening.
The 27-year-old Balogun made 21 appearances in the Bundesliga last season and scored a goal as Mainz finished an impressive sixth on the table.