SV Darmstadt 98 defender Leon Balogun says it’s a honor to be recalled into the Nigeria squad for the two international friendlies against Uganda and South Africa next week.
Balogun, who has only one cap for the Super Eagles was injured on his debut as Nigeria drew 0-0 with Mexico in an international friendly at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in March last year.
Since then, the right back who can also play as in central defence has been out of the set up and didn’t recover in time for the World Cup but has been in impressive form for 2.Bundesliga side Darmstadt this season.
“I’m very proud of getting a call up back to the team over a year after my first invitation against Mexico,”Balogun told Sv98.de.
“After the injury against Mexico, I was not invited again but I never gave up hope and I’m grateful to the club that I got an opportunity to be back in the national team.
“Without the team that would have been impossible.”he added.
SV Darmstadt 98 head coach Dirk Schuster also expressed his joy about Balogun’s invitation to the Super Eagles.
The defender despite injury worries this season, has played 13 matches and scored three goals from his defensive position
“I’m really happy about Leon’s nomination. This shows that we are doing well in the league,” Schuster revealed
“If a team works simultaneously, it will benefit everyone. We wish Leon all the best.
Nigeria will take on the Cranes of Uganda on Wednesday and then fly out to South Africa for another international friendly with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa on March 29.