Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun says he is apologetic about the mistake he made that led to Madagascar’s first goal against Nigeria but will not continue to brood over it.
Balogun hesitated in the 12th minute when a pass made out for him by John Ogu was cut off by Lalaina who then shook off Ikechukwu Ezenwa before scoring the first goal of the game.
A few minutes later, it was Balogun again who made a short pass to his goalkeeper that almost put the Eagles in trouble, but the danger was averted that time.
Balogun told NigerianFootballer.com that he was disappointed that the team lost to Mozambique but they still qualified and Nigerians should be thinking of the next game
“I am disappointed because we lost as you can imagine, but bad days happen.
“We had a bad day. We tried, but it wasn’t enough but we still qualified and that is what we should focus on and get ready for the next game,” Balogun said.
The Brighton and Hove Albion man suggested that people will keep talking on his mistakes against Madagascar but he has moved on from it.
“I made one mistake that led to a goal and played one risky pass to the goalkeeper, but apart from that, I think I defended everything I needed to defend.
“I know people will still focus on that mistake but that is not what I’m going to do because I did not make that mistake on purpose. It definitely doesn’t feel good, but as I said, it happened.”
Balogun told NigerianFootballer.com that he hopes to have an error-free AFCON from now henceforth but gives no guarantees because in football, mistakes happen.
“I said it is football. These things happen. I am not a robot. I cannot guarantee that this mistake won’t happen again so I will never say that but of course, if you have a mistake like that you do not want to do it again but you can’t make any promise on that one.”
The last time Nigeria met Cameroon, their Round of 16 opponents was in the Russia 2018 World Cup Qualifiers. Nigeria won 4-0 in Uyo and drew 1-1 in Cameroon.
At the AFCON, the last time both sides met was on February 8, 2004, and Nigeria won 2-1.