Leon Balogun says he will come back stronger while apologising for his howler that gifted Madagascar the first of their two goals against the Super Eagles at the Alexandria Stadium on Sunday, reports Completesports.com.
Balogun, who plays for English Premier League club, Brighton & Hove Albion was at fault for the first goal conceded by the Super Eagles in the game against the Barea.
Balogun made a hash of using dummy body swerve to outwit Lalaina Nomenjanahary, but he gifted the Madagascar forward a golden chance at goal. Lalaina reacted faster to intercept John Ogu’s back pass, then sidestepped Ikechukwu Ezenwa to score the Barea’s first goal.
The former FSV Mainz defender took to the social media to apologise for his blunder and and expressed is determination to bounce back stronger from the setback.
“You can love me or either leave me, but I’m only human & I make mistakes. Try not to hold that against me tho. I accept full responsibility for my actions, so if ya’ll expect me to be perfect, I apologize for being human. No mistake’s too great to recover and bounce back,” Balogun tweeted.
The West Africans won their opening two games against the Swallows of Burundi and Syli Nationale of Guinea before slumping to defeat versus Madagascar.
The defeat cost the Super Eagles top position in the group as they finished in second place with six points, one adrift the Barea.
The Super Eagles may face perennial rivals, the Black Stars of Ghana in a Round of 16 clash on Saturday. The paring will be confirmed later today (Tuesday) after the last two games of Group F would have been played.
Second-placed team in Group F will face the Super Eagles. Ghana and Benin Republic, on two points apiece, are vying for the spot. Guinea-Bissau, on one point, also have a chance of advancing.
The Black Stars will clash with Guinea-Bissau in Suez, while Benin will take on the group leaders Cameroon (on four points) in Ismailia. Both games will kick off at 5pm Nigerian time.
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