Glasgow Rangers defender Leon Balogun has hit out at the Nigerian Football Federation, claiming they are not giving the country’s team the best possible chance of success.
The Lowdown: Nigeria struggling
Balogun, who was born in Berlin, Germany, has 36 caps for Nigeria throughout his career.
The Super Eagles are currently not at their best, however – they have won just two of their last nine matches in all competitions, with their last clash a 4-0 defeat to Mexico (flashscore.com).
The Latest: Balogun speaks out
Speaking on The Beautiful Game podcast, Balogun hit out at the organisation. He said:
“We are not being provided with the best to do our job. It starts with pitches, or it starts with accommodation, but it goes on to the pitches and all these kinds of things.
“If you want to see us soar, then you need to make sure back home in Nigeria we have the best possibilities. Why don’t we have a base in Nigeria, where we meet up like St. George’s Park in England. We don’t have something like that.
“Then you’ve spoken of unpaid bonuses. It’s not a secret even, and then I have read something recently when people in charge, they contradict themselves said things have been paid, then they admit they haven’t been paid.”
The Verdict: Frustration
You can understand Balogun’s frustration. Nigeria are one of African football’s powerhouses, having won the African Cup of Nations on three occasions. Their recent record, though, is worrying, although it is not yet a disaster, but they are clearly not being given the best chances of success.
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That will be in contrast to the situation at club level. The Gers are current Premiership champions and have a chance of competing in the Champions League group stages this season. Balogun, hailed as “excellent” by Alan Hutton last term, is likely to play a big part of that.
The Ibrox outfit look settled and ready for all that comes their way – Nigeria, clearly, are not quite at that level.
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