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Balogun Glad After Winning Rangers Debut, Allays Injury Fears
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Balogun Glad After Winning Rangers Debut, Allays Injury Fears

The Nigeria international has reacted after playing his first game for Steven Gerrard’s men at Pittodrie Stadium Leon Balogun has expressed his delight after helping Rangers secure a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen on his debut appearance on Saturday. The 32-year-old defender teamed up with the Ibrox Stadium outfit from Championship side Wigan Athletic last month after his contract with the Latics ended. The centre-back was immediately handed a starting role in the Gers’ first game of the 2020-21 Scottish Premiership season and delivered solid defensive performances.
Troost-Ekong names Balogun his preferred Super Eagles defensive partner
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Troost-Ekong names Balogun his preferred Super Eagles defensive partner

The 26-year-old has spoken of his understanding with the Latics centre-back during national duty Udinese star William Troost-Ekong has named on-loan Brighton and Hove Albion centre-back Leon Balogun as his preferred Super Eagles defensive partner. Troost-Ekong has been a key member of Nigeria national team since making his debut for the side in 2015 and now has 42 caps for the three-time African champions. The 26-year-old forged a productive partnership with Balogun at the heart of the Super Eagles defence, as they were the first-choice pairing by manager Gernot Rohr before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr Invites 24 Players for Sierra Leone Clash this month
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Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr Invites 24 Players for Sierra Leone Clash this month

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has invited twenty-four players for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash against Sierra Leone this month. Among the 24 players are Germany–based defender Kingsley Ehizibue, and Holland-based striker Cyril Dessers, who were both called up for the first time, while Kelechi Iheanacho was recalled back to the team after he failed to make the final squad that represented Nigeria at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. https://twitter.com/NGSuperEagles/status/1235228529132032003 Nigeria will first play the Leone Stars at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Friday, March 27, before flying to Freetown for the second leg at the Siaka Stevens Stadium on Tuesday, March 31. See the full squad below.     Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi ...
Ighalo And Other Nigerian Players That Moved To New Clubs During The Transfer Window
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Ighalo And Other Nigerian Players That Moved To New Clubs During The Transfer Window

The winter transfer window shut down on January 31st with a lot of players moving in different directions as the season reaches the final half. Nigerian players were not left out with Odion Ighalo’s move to Manchester United leading the bunch. With that said, We takes a look at Nigerian players that moved to new clubs during the January transfer window. Victor Moses (Fenerbahce To Chelsea To Inter Milan): The former Super Eagles winger was on an initial 18-month loan deal from Chelsea at Fenerbahce. However, the loan deal ended six months early after Inter Milan showed interest in him, Also, with Moses struggling at Turkey, the former Wigan man could not resist the opportunity to link up with Antonio Conte again. The 29-year-old played a key role in Conte’s two seasons in char...
Eagles’ Coach, Rohr May Ditch 4-3-3 For 3-5-2 Against South Africa
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Eagles’ Coach, Rohr May Ditch 4-3-3 For 3-5-2 Against South Africa

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, is torn between deploying a 3-5-2 or sticking to his preferred 4-3-3 formation when his side clash with South Africa in Wednesday’s quarter-final clash at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Sports Extra has gathered. The German tactician has been trying out these two formations in their training sessions in Cairo but he seems to prefer a 3-5-2 as it offers the team more solidity at the back and enough men to curtail the pacy Bafana Bafana players a camp source revealed to Sports Extra in a chat. “He (Rohr) has been trying out several systems in training but we don’t know which one he will settle for,” a camp source told Sports Extra.   “But he has laid more emphasis on it (3-5-2) so well. But it’s either the 3-5-2 or he reverts back to a 4-3-3...
AFCON 2019: Unrest In Super Eagles Camp As Balogun, Ighalo Clash With Coach
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AFCON 2019: Unrest In Super Eagles Camp As Balogun, Ighalo Clash With Coach

The 2-0 defeat against Madagascar in the last group B game in the Total African Cup of Nations Egypt 2019 seems to be causing chaos in the camp of the Super Eagles after two keys players clashed with Manager Gernot Rohr. It was gathered that striker Odion Ighalo and defender Leon Balogun were not happy after the coach openly criticised them for their roles in the defeat. Sources in the squad confirmed that the two players had heated altercations with the coach at their Helnan Palestine Hotel camp when he used harsh words in castigating them for the loss. “Ighalo felt terribly bad when he heard about what the coach told the media that the team didn’t have strikers who were good enough. It infuriated him even the more when the gaffer mentioned similar thing during team’s ...
You Can Love Me Or Either Leave Me – Nigeria Defender, Leon Balogun Fires Back
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You Can Love Me Or Either Leave Me – Nigeria Defender, Leon Balogun Fires Back

Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun has hit back at critics over his role in Nigeria's 2 - 0 defeat to Madagascar at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt. During the final Group B game against the AFCON debutants on Sunday, Balogun committed an error that gifted the opponent an early goal inside the opening 13 minutes. Later in the 53 minutes, Nigeria conceded a second goal which confirmed Madagascar's qualification to the next stage with seven points ahead of Nigeria's six points. Reacting to the criticism he received for his blunder during the game, the Brighton & Hove Albion defender wrote: '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 perfec...
Madagascar Spank Lifeless Super Eagles To Top AFCON Group B
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Madagascar Spank Lifeless Super Eagles To Top AFCON Group B

Lowly-rated Madagascar shocked highly-rated Nigeria 2-0 after an awful performance by the Super Eagles handed the Indian Ocean islanders leadership of Group B. The result condemned the three–times champions to finishing second and a probable encounter with the Black Stars of Ghana in the Round of 16. The then group leaders started on the wrong footing as Leon Balogun failed to deal with a routine backpass. It led to the ball being snatched by Lalaina Nomenjanahary to score the first goal for the competition debutants after only 13 minutes. The Eagles, who won each of their two previous matches by the odd goal, then showed a palpable lack of mental power to respond. Samuel Kalu fluffed a great pass by Ahmed Musa in the 19th minute. Musa himself, left with the goalkeepe...
Leon Balogun: There would have been outrage if Nigeria hadn’t qualify for Afcon
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Leon Balogun: There would have been outrage if Nigeria hadn’t qualify for Afcon

The Super Eagles will return to the biennial showpiece in Egypt later this month after missing the last two editions Brighton and Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun said that there would have been an outrage if Nigeria had failed to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). The west Africans qualified for the tournament in Egypt as their group winners ahead of South Africa, Libya and Seychelles with 13 points from six matches. Prior to that, Nigeria missed the last two editions of the Afcon and have not appeared on the continental stage since their triumph in 2013.
Iheanacho Back In Eagles Camp As NFF Releases List
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Iheanacho Back In Eagles Camp As NFF Releases List

Super Eagles of Nigeria Coach, Gernot Rohr on Tuesday May 14, 2019 listed midfield enforcer Mikel John Obi, pacy winger Ahmed Musa and defenders Kenneth Omeruo and Abdullahi Shehu in a 25-man squad to prepare for the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt this summer. Six other players are on standby. Mikel Obi, who captained the team at the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia last year summer, has not been with the group since Nigeria’s elimination from the finals after a 1-2 defeat by Argentina in Saint Petersburg. However, a recent meeting with Coach Rohr in the United Kingdom sealed his return to the three –time African champions, with the possibility of adding to his 85 international caps. Rohr has largely kept faith with the Trojans who earned a ticket to the AFCON finals wit...
Paul Onuachu: Nigeria’s new hero and Gernot Rohr’s potential saviour
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Paul Onuachu: Nigeria’s new hero and Gernot Rohr’s potential saviour

The Super Eagles ended their qualification campaign for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with two wins in very contrasting circumstances, and may have launched a new star in the process. The visit of Seychelles was a dead rubber, and was largely played in a subdued atmosphere, with the outcome almost assured despite the best attempts of the Pirates to make it interesting in the first half. Facing seven-time African champions Egypt, for all that it was a friendly, had higher stakes, as it afforded a chance to see the team go up against a direct rival for AFCON glory. There was a palpable nerviness that was only made worse by the narrow score line. The star of the show, aside Nigeria’s solid defensive pairing of Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong, was newcomer Paul Onuachu, whose voll...
Don’t Bench Balogun, Brighton Boss Tells Rohr
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Don’t Bench Balogun, Brighton Boss Tells Rohr

Brighton & Hove coach Chris Hughton has sent a message to Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, urging him to play defender Leon Balogun in Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations group E qualifier against Seychelles and the international friendly against Egypt in Asaba, Delta State. Balogun who is coming back from a shoulder injury and according to Hughton he needs those games to regain his match fitness. ‘’The good thing, particularly with the cup run, is the players that haven’t featured so much have at least had games,’’  Hughton said to Brighton’s official website. “Leon Balogun, for example, is going away on international duty with Nigeria and we’re hoping he plays both matches.” Balogun has gone the distance in seven of the last eight Super Eagles international matches; the cen...
Leon Balogun: Fading Dream?
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Leon Balogun: Fading Dream?

When Leon Balogun had his first Premier League berth for Brightonand Hove Albion in the Week Two 3-2 win against Manchester United, the Nigerian international felt his dream had finally come true. However, more than mid-way into the season, he is yet to establish himself as the preferred central defender of the Seagulls When Leon Balogun moved to Premier League side, Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer after nine years of playing in the German League, he admitted it would not be a walk in the park donning the colours of the Seagulls as he had to fight for shirt with the two central defenders already in the club fold- Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy. However, his opportunity came earlier than he expected as he came in as a substitute in just two weeks into the Premier League against Manc...
FA Cup: Balogun Hits Woodwork as Brighton Advance
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FA Cup: Balogun Hits Woodwork as Brighton Advance

Leon Balogun’s illness is now a thing of the past with the central defender playing in his first game in just over a month as Brighton & Hove advanced to the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 3-1 win over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Wednesday evening. Leon Balogun The Nigeria international last featured for the Seagulls on January 5 in another FA Cup tie vs Bournemouth prior to yesterday’s replay against the Baggies. He missed the games against Fulham (Premier League) and was also not in the squad for the original fixture against West Brom after failing to recover from illness. Seeing him play the full 120 minutes as the game went into extra time would delight manager Gernot Rohr and the Super Eagles fans as the German is expected to announce his roster for an...
Ndidi Scores in Leicester Defeat, Iheanacho, Balogun Benched
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Ndidi Scores in Leicester Defeat, Iheanacho, Balogun Benched

                         Wilfred-Ndidi Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi scored his second league goal of the season for Leicester City who lost 2-1 at home to Southampton in yesterday’s English Premier League game at the King Power Stadium. It was Ndidi’s 21st EPL appearance of the season for The Foxes. James Ward Prowse gave Southampton the lead from the spot after 11 minutes. Shane Long doubled the lead for the Saints on the stroke of half time, but Ndidi halved the deficit in the 58th minute. His compatriot, Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute for Leicester in the game. At the Amex stadium, Leon Balogun was an unused substitute for Brighton Hove Albion who lost 1-0 at home to Liverpool. Balogun has made eight appearances for Brighton and has scored once in the ...
Balogun Lauds Brighton Fans after Win over C’Palace
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Balogun Lauds Brighton Fans after Win over C’Palace

                                                           Leon Balogun Leon Balogun has lauded Brighton and Hove Albion supporters for spurring the team to a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Tuesday night. The Seagulls secured an emphatic victory over their bitter rivals with the Nigeria international breaking his English Premier League duck. The 30-year-old set a Premier League record with his maiden English Premier League after replacing Pascal Gross in the 31st minute. Glenn Murray had opened the scoring at the Amex Stadium from the penalty spot before Florin Andone sealed the win for the hosts with his effort in the added time of the first half.
Dencia Blasts Footballer Leon Balogun And His Parents After He Encouraged Blacks To Love Their Skin And Stay Away From Blac Chyna’s Cream
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Dencia Blasts Footballer Leon Balogun And His Parents After He Encouraged Blacks To Love Their Skin And Stay Away From Blac Chyna’s Cream

Dencia has launched an attack on German-Nigerian footballer Leon Balogun after he condemned her skin lightening cream and spoke against false beauty ideals. Leon advised people to love their melanin and wear their skin like a crown. He went on to ask them not to support Blac Chyna and Dencia's Whitenicious face cream. In response, Dencia dragged Leon's parents and also his career. She even went as far as dragging all athletes and calling them slaves who are sold to the highest bidder. See screenshots below.
Leon Balogun Out of Super Eagles, Uganda Friendly
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Leon Balogun Out of Super Eagles, Uganda Friendly

Leon Balogun will miss Super Eagles friendly against Uganda in Asaba on Tuesday after he was allowed to return to Europe, officials have said. The Brighton central defender will therefore be the only one from the 23-man squad for the vital 2019 AFCON in South Africa who will not be available tomorrow in Asaba. Like the Super Eagles, Uganda have also qualified for next year’s AFCON in Cameroon after they pipped visiting Cape Verde 1-0 at home on Saturday. The Nigerian delegation arrived in Asaba yesterday afternoon on a chartered flight ahead of the friendly tomorrow.
AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: 22 Eagles in Asaba Camp
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AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: 22 Eagles in Asaba Camp

Stand –in Captain Ahmed Musa and 21 other players trained at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Tuesday evening as the Super Eagles stepped into gear for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying battle against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg. At training as well were goalkeepers Daniel Akpeyi, Theophilus Afelokhai and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, and defenders Olaoluwa Aina, Adeleye Aniyikaye, Semi Ajayi, Bryan Idowu, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo and Jamilu Collins. There were also midfielders Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu and Mikel Agu, and forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru, Alex Iwobi, Isaac Success and Samuel Chukwueze. Only France –based forward Samuel Kalu is expected on Wednesday. Table –toppers Nigeria ...
Musa, Onazi, 20 other Eagles Liven Up Uyo
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Musa, Onazi, 20 other Eagles Liven Up Uyo

Stand–in skipper Ahmed Musa and 21 other invited Super Eagles players have arrived in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State ahead of Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya. The arrivals enabled Coach Gernot Rohr and crew to organize a full training session on Tuesday evening, as the three –time African champions prepare to pick all three points from the Group E pace –setters. Goalkeepers Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi, as well as defenders William Ekong, Semi Ajayi, Leon Balogun, Olaoluwa Aina, Jamilu Collins, Abdullahi Shehu, Chidozie Awaziem and Kenneth Omeruo are among those at the Ibom Meridien Hotels and Resort. There are also midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Samuel Kalu, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu and Oghenekaro Etebo, and ...
Taribo West Lists Nigeria’s Super Eagles Best Players In Russia
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Taribo West Lists Nigeria’s Super Eagles Best Players In Russia

Legendary Super Eagles defender, Taribo West has identified Chelsea's Kenneth Omeruo as a very impressive defender at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. While speaking during an interview with CompleteSports Nigeria in Lagos on Sunday, former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West, picked Kenneth Omeruo as his standout defender in the Nigeria squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The defender who featured for Nigeria in two World Cups in 1998 in France and 2002 in Korea/Japan, stated that Omeruo’s inclusion in the defence after the 2-0 loss to Croatia strengthened the defence. Taribo who admitted that Moeruo who played against Iceland and Argentina and was impressive, said; “For me Leon Balogun and Troost- Ekong did well but Éthe inclusion of Kenneth Omeruo ensured we were not caught out in...
Leon Balogun Joins Brighton Albion
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Leon Balogun Joins Brighton Albion

Super Eagles centre-back Leon Balogun has joined Brighton on a two-year deal. The English Premier League (EPL) club announced the signing of Balogun on Tuesday. “Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of Nigeria international defender Leon Balogun,” the statement read. The 29-year-old defender joins the club on a free transfer after leaving Bundesliga side FSV Mainz 05. Albion manager Chris Hughton said: “I am delighted to welcome Leon to the club. He will add more depth to our defensive options, and I am pleased to get our first piece of business done so early in the summer. “He is in the peak years of his career and I am sure he will integrate well into the squad. “He also has valuable experience, having played in the Bundesliga, the Europa League and at ...
Super Eagles Begin Preparations For 2018 World Cup With Friendly Match Against Poland
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Super Eagles Begin Preparations For 2018 World Cup With Friendly Match Against Poland

The Super Eagles of Nigeria squad have stormed Poland for their pre-2018 World Cup friendly against the Polish team. Players already in camp are Troost Ekong, Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, Brian Idowu, Leon Balogun, Francis Uzoho, Elderson Echiejile, Stephen Eze, Joel Obi, Shehu Abdullahi, John Ogu, Moses Simon and Kenneth Omeruo. While others are Odion Ighalo, Ogenyi Onazi, Uche Agbo and Ahmed Musa. The Super Eagles will take on the Polish national team at the Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw, Poland, on Friday, March 23. After the clash, the Nigerian National Team will travel down to London to take on the Serbian National Team on Tuesday, March 27.   Here are videos of the players being put into their paces ahead of their pre-2018 World Cup friendly against Poland. ...
Leon Balogun Thanks Nigerians For Showing Him Love
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Leon Balogun Thanks Nigerians For Showing Him Love

Super eagles defender, Leon Aderemi Balogun, who plays for German side Mainz took to twitter to appreciate the love he's getting from Nigerians. The defender who put up a stellar performance against Cameroon in a one all draw World Cup qualifying game in Yaoundé shared this on twitter.
WCQ: Super Eagles Beat Cameroon 4-0 In Uyo
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WCQ: Super Eagles Beat Cameroon 4-0 In Uyo

Nigeria took a big step towards next year’s World Cup in Russia when they trounced African champions Cameroon 4-0 to consolidate their leadership of their qualifying group. The Super Eagles now have nine points from three matches, while Cameroon remain on two points. Both teams will clash again on Monday in Yaounde. Zambia and Algeria have a point each and clash tomorrow in Lusaka in continuation of the series. After a rather tentative start by the home team, Odion Ighalo marked his return to the Super Eagles with the opening goal after 29 minutes. He overpowered his marker after he received a clever assist from skipper Mikel Obi before he fired past a diving goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa. The Eagles doubled their lead in the 43rd minute, when Mikel turned scorer from provider...
WCQ: Rohr Gives Sunday Deadline To Eagles
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WCQ: Rohr Gives Sunday Deadline To Eagles

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has mandated all players to report to camp on Sunday in Abuja with the exception of Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi who will be engaged with their respective clubs in the Premier League action that day. The coaches are looking forward to having five days of training and perfect strategies on how to stop the Cameroonian team who are eager to overturn the six points lead garnered by the Super Eagles from two matches in the group B of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. “Every player is expected to arrive Abuja at the weekend with the exception of Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi, who will be playing (for their respective clubs) on Sunday. They will join up with the team in Uyo on Monday latest.” Rohr said he was expecting China-based John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo ...
Mikel, Musa, Moses Will Stop Cameroon – Onigbinde
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Mikel, Musa, Moses Will Stop Cameroon – Onigbinde

As Nigeria prepares for the destiny shaping tie with Cameroon in the countdown to the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup, former Super Eagles manager Adegboye Onigbinde believes that the quick recovery of the injured duo of Mikel Obi and Victor Moses and the rediscovery of form by Ahmed Musa will be key to the team’s qualification. The three ‘M’s will certainly form a potent strike force against Nigeria’s next opponent, Cameroon in August.. Musa’s form has dipped of late as he had to play as substitute in the Super Eagles while not getting considerable match time in his Premiership club, Leicester. Mikel and Moses last featured for Nigeria in the 3-1 victory over Algeria last November in the World Cup qualifier. Incidentally, all goals for Nigeria were scored by the duo, with Chelsea’s Mo...
AFCON Qualifiers: Eagles Lacked Experienced Stars Against Bafana – Sodje
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AFCON Qualifiers: Eagles Lacked Experienced Stars Against Bafana – Sodje

Former international Sam Sodje has said Nigeria were stunned by South Africa at home because they left out several experienced players. South Africa recorded their first-ever official win over the Super Eagles after a 2-0 win in an AFCON 2019 qualifier on Saturday at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo. Injury ruled out skipper Mikel Obi, Leon Balogun and Carl Ikeme, while Victor Moses is reportedly due for a toe surgery. The Eagles also overlooked China-based strikers Brown Ideye and Odion Ighalo The former Portsmouth defender said Eagles coaches led by Gernot Rohr should have opted for more experienced players for a game of such magnitude. “In my opinion, the coach should have played some experienced players for such important game which he didn’t and as always we need coa...
Super Eagles Full Squad List For Upcoming Friendly Matches
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Super Eagles Full Squad List For Upcoming Friendly Matches

The full list of players expected to play at the two upcoming friendly matches have been released. The first friendly would be played against Senegal on the 23rd of March and then on the 27th, Nigeria would face Burkina Faso. Here is the full list below, Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah) Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Paul Ekong (KAA Gent, Belgium); Kenneth Omeruo (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Uche Henry Agbo (Granada FC, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Musa Muhammed (FC Zeljeznicar, Bosnia Herzegovina); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Gijon, Spain); Kingsley Madu (Zulte Waregem, Belgiu...