Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has called on all Nigerians to move on from the ill-fated AFCON2021Q against Sierra Leone, ACLSports reports.
This call came after the Rangers of Scotland player was reminded of the match during the media session with a host of Nigerian journalists at the Eko Hotel in Lagos on Tuesday.
On November 13, 2020 the Super Eagles were held to a remarkable 4-4 draw at home by the Leone Stars in Benin City, a result that effectively delayed Nigeria’s qualification for next year’s AFCON in Cameroon.
The Super Eagles were comfortably 4-0 ahead at the break thanks to an Alex Iwobi brace, and one goal each from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze.
But they let that lead slip in the second half as the visitors completed an astonishing comeback to earn a deserved share of the spoils.
However, with Benin Republic now in sight, the reliable Balogun says everyone must move on from that game and focus on Saturday’s battle against the Squirrels after he was asked questions about that encounter in Benin City.
“The game against Sierra Leone wasn’t all that bad, I know a lot of people will disagree but I’d take that on the chin,” he stated.
“You don’t just score four goals and dominate the game like that. It was just that something happened that day that just went sideways and mistakes were made.
“So, it’s about eradicating, learning from them (mistakes), and advancing. But it doesn’t help anyone to keep going back to the game. It’s a new match on Saturday and we just have to make sure that we are the best of ourselves, minimise mistakes, focus on our strengths, and put Benin in trouble.”
On what the Super Eagles need to do to come out of Porto Novo with a positive result, the talented defender says while the players are motivated, it’s all down to the coaches and how they bring the players up to speed.
“(We are) Motivated 100%,” he added. “The preparations just started, it all comes down to the coaches to prepare us (the players) and make sure everyone is up to speed on how we want to approach the game and make sure we win it.”
“We need to put Benin in trouble, ask them questions throughout the game that they (will) come short to answer. Are we going to go all out? Yes, we do that every time, and hopefully, this time, this looks different than the game against Sierra Leone.”