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S’Eagles Must Avoid Past Mistakes – Balogun

Posted: Jun 9, 2015 at 10:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Akhilomen – Lagos

Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun, has warned his teammates not to repeat the mistakes of the past ahead of Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations clash against Chad at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.

The 2013 Africa champions failed to qualify for the last edition of the tournament after the team came third behind South Africa and Congo in the qualifying series.

Leon Balogun

Leon Balogun

However, Balogun, whose club Darmstadt 98 recently gained promotion to the Bundesliga last season, insisted that the team must be focused and committed to grabbing the maximum points in a bid to brighten its campaign.

“We need a lot of focus because every mistake we make can be very painful for us,” Balogun said.

“Uganda was just a friendly but this is another level because Chad will be the first qualifier we’ll play for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. So this game is much more important to us and we have to put more effort and focus in it so that we don’t miss out on the chances we have.”

Meanwhile, Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has revealed that working with Stephen Keshi has been a perfect experience for him.

Ighalo, who will be hoping to re-enact his club’s goal scoring form to help Nigeria ensure a smooth campaign during the qualifying series against Chad on Saturday, believed that training lessons learnt from Keshi will be vital to his career.

“It’s been great working with the Big Boss doing some tactical play and ball work. He’s been great and I have a good understanding of everything he has been teaching. He’s also a very calm man”

In the same vein, Ahmed Musa has revealed that the team will work hard to qualify for the tournament that will hold in Gabon.

“We can’t predict Chad; I think football has changed a lot now. We will work very hard and see if we will qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations,” he said.