Leon Balogun Fitness Issues Puts CHAN Eagles Star Stephen Eze In Super Eagles Frame

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Lokomotiv Plovdiv of Bulgaria bound Nigerian defender Stephen Eze is in line for a call up to the squad of the Super Eagles for their upcoming friendly games in March.

Coach Gernot Rohr is worried over the fitness of star defender Leon Balogun, who has been limited to just seven games in the German Bundesliga this season due to injury and fitness issues.

Rohr was impressed with the performance of Eze, and he sees the defender who will move to Bulgaria in few weeks time as a replacement for Balogun in the heart of the Super Eagles defence.

However, Eze will be closely monitored in Bulgaria before a decision on his inclusion in the squad for the friendly games in March will be made official by Rohr, who has tracked his progress since watching him during the CHAN Qualifiers clash against Benin Republic.

Eze stands at almost same height as Balogun, and just like the Mainz 05 defender his abilities to read and intercept play‎ during the games of the CHAN Championship, caught the attention of Rohr despite the 0-4 thrashing Nigeria suffered in the hands of Morocco in the final.

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