Leon Balogun – It Would Have Been Hard To Opt For Nigeria If Germany Had Called Me Up

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‎Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun said he has no regret and he feels proud playing for the Super Eagles of Nigeria even though he would have love to play for Germany.

Balogun made this assertion in an interview with OmaSports monitored by Owngoalnigeria.com when he was asked if he would have still opt for Nigeria if Germany has called him up same time as Nigeria.

Born in Germany to Nigerian parents, the Mainz 05 man who revealed he has always love the idea of playing for Nigeria since he was a kid, admitted that he would have probably quit international football if both nations have called him up almost the same time.

Popular Nigerian journalist Oma Akatugba who conducted the interview quizzed the Germany defender on if he would have still played for Nigeria, if Germany had called him up and his response showed his love for both nations.

” I can’t really tell because I’m very proud of both sides and for me while I was young and I was playing those video games, I always prefer to play with Nigeria”, Balogun told Omasports TV

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“‎Because when you remember your first question how it was for me to grow up in Germany, you feel the difference sometimes, that’s what I said, and I think that is the point that connects me to Nigeria more because even though I’m German and Nigerian , that’s why you always have this strong connection to the other side.

” So this is very been difficult (to choose between both nations , if they had called him up same time) because as a footballer you want to be successful, and we don’t have to lie about it, Germany always have the assurance they’re going to go far.

“But this is a very good question because as I said in video games I always prefer Nigeria, I also had dreams of playing for the Super Eagles one day, of course with the successes in Nigeria, in Germany you see better opportunities.

” I can’t really tell you because I would have been proud to have the opportunity to play for both but if I had the choice to say Germany or Nigeria, I probably would have said I don’t want to hurt nobody. I’m staying out of both teams”.

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Osas Mahawi