My grandma's death made me play for Nigeria - Balogun

Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun has revealed that his grand mother's death was behind his decision to play for Nigeria.

Balogun, who recently signed for Brighton in England and was part of the Super Eagles side that lost 2-0 against Croatia in last week Saturday's World Cup Group D clash, said that though he has not seen her before, he feels delighted to have don the green and white colours of Nigeria.

“I was amazed. I hadn’t thought about my grandma that much since she passed when I was 16 years old,” the Brighton & Hove Albion defender wrote on his piece for The Players’ Tribune.

“But, this lady was right. My grandma’s death had a huge effect on me, and I had never even met my grandma, who lived in Nigeria. That’s the part that was wild to me.

“This woman, though, she saw it. She told me I had to heal my soul, my heart before I could become the player I wanted to be."
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