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2022 World Cup: Leon Balogun breaks silence on Nigeria’s failure to qualify for Qatar

Super Eagles and Rangers of Scotland central defender, Leon Balogun has broken his silence over the Super Eagles’ failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Their 1-1 draw with the Black Stars of Ghana in Abuja on Tuesday meant that Nigeria will not be in Qatar by November.

Balogun broke his silence on Thursday evening, giving his version of events that took place on Tuesday.

“Thank you to all my fellow Nigerians,” he wrote on Instagram.

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“For the support you’ve shown us from afar, in front of your TVs, in Kumasi, but especially in Abuja. In my 8 years as a Super Eagle, I have never seen so many hopeful and joyful faces supporting us, pushing us on relentlessly to reach our common goal and it was both, incredibly touching and overwhelming.

“Everybody tried, everybody wanted to qualify so bad and play at the World Cup 2022 – for the 1st, for another or one last time.

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“The harder it is to accept that our best, individually as well as collectively, wasn’t good enough to make that happen – even more so given the rivalry.

“I will probably always remember this painful exit as my darkest hour with the national team.

“As players, we understand how much of an impact football can have on the mood of the nation – therefore we share your disappointment, frustration and pain.

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“Please let’s not allow emotions over what is out of our control now to get in the way of what there is to achieve in the future.

“Players and coaches will come and go, but remember: you and your support will always be needed as a vital part of the Super Eagles.”

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