Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi says he expects Germany-based defender Leon Balogun to impress with his team ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The Fortuna Dussledolf defender was a late inclusion in the Nigeria squad due to battle Mexico in a friendly encounter in Atlanta, USA, in hours’ time (Thursday 2.30am Nigerian time), after skipper Joseph Yobo pulled out due to an undisclosed strain.
Keshi said: “We have to look to the future and that is why we called up Balogun, he has been in our plans for a long time and it was just about time that he steps out into the team for us to see what he can do and I must say I am glad that he responded well and the boys here also welcomed him well.
“He is not replacing Yobo at all. Yobo was still bent on coming for the game even if just to support the team, but I told him to relax and recover quickly for the World Cup.”