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GERNOT ROHR SAYS BALOGUN’S RETURN WILL BOLSTER EAGLES DEFENCE

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Leon Balogun will make the Super Eagles defence much better when they face Cameroon next month over two legs in the race for the 2018 World Cup, according to Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.

The Super Eagles tackle the Indomitable Lions on September 1 in Uyo with a reverse clash in Yaounde three days later.

Balogun missed Nigeria’s last game as he was ruled out through injury, but he has since returned and is expected to feature when in the games against the Cameroonians.

And Rohr said in an interview Balogun’s return will stabilize the Eagles back four.

“Defensively I hope that the return of Leon Balogun will make us better,” the Franco-German stated.

Balogun has formed a superb partnership in the heart of the defence with William Troost-Ekong, who now plays in Turkey.

Rohr also said the Eagles new goalkeeper trainer will decide who of the three goalkeepers called up for the Cameroon game – Daniel Akpeyi, Dele Amapasu and Ikechukwu Ezenwa – will man the post next month.

“We have Akpeyi, we have Ezenwa, we have Alampasu, we will see. We have a local goalkeeper, we have a very young one and we have another one who is more experienced, he is playing in South Africa , and we will see with our goalkeeper coaches to determine who will start the game,” he offered.

photo credit: owngoalnigeria.com

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