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World Cup squad: Balogun holds no grudges against Keshi

Published by Daily Trust on Wed, 14 May 2014


Super Eagles and Fortuna Dusseldorf of Germany defender, Leon Balogun, has no bad feelings towards the national team's technical crew for not inviting him to camp ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Speaking to Super Eagles Media Officer Ben Alaiya on phone from Germany, Balogun, said it would have been unfair for a player who was just recuperating to be picked ahead of others."I have to be realistic, I had little or no chance of making the World Cup team because I have just started running now. I did five times, three minutes yesterday and today I have done three times, eight minutes and should be back playing in two weeks but that will not get me ready for the World Cup', he said on Tuesday afternoon.Balogun is just recovering from a toe injury he copped in the Eagles friendly game against Mexico in Atlanta, United States recently.The Nigerian head coach, Stephen Keshi decided to recall the team's skipper; Joseph Yobo rather than gambling on the Germany-based player's fitness.The defender however, expressed optimism that he would be ready for selection when the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations starts.
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