Russia 2018

Balogun relives ‘invaluable experience’ at World Cup, promises Eagles will strive to bring ‘trophy back home’

Leon Balogun has expressed his gratitude to fans, supporters and personnel in the Nigeria national team for their immense complement to himself and the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

On reliving his experience at the Mundial, the defender communicated on his social media handle that the Eagles’ exit at the group stage was a bitter pill to swallow, but he is pleased with the ‘invaluable experience’ he had with the team in Russia.

“Better late than never, but never late is better. It’s been 2 weeks since this exciting journey has ended for my team and me. Reminiscing it’s still painful, I won’t lie. But life goes on and it gives you so many reasons to smile,” he stated.

“Meanwhile I turned 30 (thx for all the messages 🙏🏽), am about to start a new chapter in Brighton and there will be a new world champion soon making their nation proud. I will be forever grateful for this invaluable experience with the Supereagles.

“So this is to say thank you to my team, the complete staff, to everyone who was part of this great journey and supported us. To Russia and its people for their great hospitality.

“And last but not least, THANK YOU Nigeria for the endless support. It’s been a great honour representing you and we hope we could make you proud.

The Brighton and Hove Albion new signing went on to promise that the three-time African Champions will give all in pursuit of glory in subsequent competitions.

“We will continue to strive for greatness in the future so one day we can hopefully bring a trophy back home.”

Balogun was in action for the Eagles in all their Group D games at the Mundial and he notably earned the team a penalty – which Victor Moses converted to net an equaliser – in their game against Argentina. The West Africans lost the game 2-1 at the end and we’re consequently eliminated from the competition.

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