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Sodje: Balogun, Ekong Need Competition In Super Eagles Defence

Sodje: Balogun, Ekong Need Competition In Super Eagles Defence

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Former Super Eagles defender Sam Sodje is elated at the promising partnership of central defensive duo Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong but states that he will be pleased to see an alternative pairing for the Super Eagles, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Barring injuries and possibly loss of form, both defenders are likely to be invited for the 2018 World Cup qualifier aainst Zambia.

“The central defenders have been okay. I saw how Ekong played at the Olympics. Balogun plays his club football in German Bundesliga, that means he has played against some world-class strikers,” Sodje told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“They are the first choice central defence pairing but I would like a situation whereby we have another good pairing that can play in central defence, maybe Kenneth Omeruo and another guy.

“Its always good to have alternatives in the central defence and it’s only good for the national teams.”

Sodje played for English sides Charlton Athletic and Portsmouh and the Super Eagles.

Balogun and Ekong were on duty in Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon.

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  • These two are the best Nigeria can boast of and they are doing a whole lot of good defending at the back. They are nicknamed “no nonsense” and the Zambians are sweating over how they can cross them. Our prayer is that they do not get injured or lose form and be playing super regularly for their clubs. For now we are ok with them. But if more defenders are seen someplace, Rohr will gladly invite them. We need some replacement for Elderson Echiejile. Can Aina Ola fit in there? Rohr, over to you.

  • Olajide 4 years ago

    Sodje is correct. We need additional Central Defenders, Kenneth Otigba has given himself to play for Nigeria. He should be looked at closely by the coach. There is Derrick Osede of Bolton and Awaziem is good, just need to build confidence and introducing him gradually into Super Eagles games. Ten, Fifteen minutes before another full game will help him.