Leon Balogun/William Troost-Ekong This is how the ‘Oyinbo Wall’ term was coined

Balogun and Troost-Ekong coined the name 'Oyinbo Wall' for their partnership in Super Eagles defence.

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William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun play Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong partnership in central defence is now called the Oyinbo Wall (Twitter/Leon Balogun)
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Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong have formed a partnership in the Super Eagles central defence which has become very exciting for Nigerians.

The partnership which is now called the ‘Oyinbo Wall’ was instrumental in the Super Eagles unbeaten games against Cameroon in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.


The Super Eagles beat Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo on Friday, September 1 before battling to a 1-1 draw away in Yaounde on Monday, September 4.

After the game in Yaounde, Balogun explained that the name ‘Oyinbo Wall’ was coined by him and Ekong.

The Mainz defender revealed that they coined the name because Nigerians kept calling them ‘Oyinbo’ a term used to describe people with light skin.

Nigerians kept calling us Oyinbo so we called our partnership Oyinbo Wall,” Balogun told Pulse Sports at the mix zone of the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaounde after the Super Eagles game against Cameroon.

We hope the partnership can be better and go on for a long time.

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The 29-year-old defender was born in Germany to a Nigerian father and German mother while Troost-Ekong was born in the Netherlands to a Nigerian father and Dutch mother.

Balogun is also overwhelmed with the love he has been shown by Nigerians.

And to all the Nigerians showing me love for what I do I wanna say a MASSIVE thank you. It really means a lot to me - you're something else,” the 29-year-old wrote on Twitter after the game.

The way you're showing me love is on another level. Don't even know what to say - I'm overwhelmed, touched. THANK YOU Nigeria.

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