Nigeria/Algeria: We are here to avenge AFCON semi final defeat – Leon Balogun

Leon Balogun

By Abah Andrew, ABUJA

Super Eagles and Glasgow Rangers defender Leon Balogun has described the international friendly match between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Desert Foxes of Algeria as a grudge match due to semi final defeat in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Speaking in a telephone chat from the Hotel Die Zeit Austria, the defender said the players are not looking at the game as a mere friendly encounter but have resolved to avenge the semi final defeat of AFCON, 2019.

“In football, players see every game as a competition and winning is the language of football. Personally, friendly match is not in my dictionary, every match is important.

“Secondly, beating Algeria will improve our ranking in FIFA and CAF. So we are giving our best in this game. I am also happy with the calibre of players the coach invited for this particular match. We are tested and active in our various clubs. Playing Algeria would not be a problem to us.

“I know that the Desert Foxes are good like super eagles because they have quality players plying their trade overseas. They would like to prove hard but we will carry the day toddy (Friday).

“Also here in Austria, we are all in good condition, no injury and happy that football is back despite COVID-19 pandemic.

He concluded by commending the Nigeria football federation by putting up two international friendly matches for the team.

Nigeria will take on Algeria in a friendly encounter today (Friday) in Austria by 8.30 p.m local time.

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