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Carl Ikeme Leon Balogun dedicates Super Eagles’ World Cup qualifying campaign to goalkeeper

Ikeme started the qualifiers before he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

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Islam Slimani and Leon Balogun play Leon Balogun captained the Super Eagles in their 1-1 draw away in Algeria (Twitter/SoccerWho)

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has dedicated Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign to his teammate Carl Ikeme.

Ikeme started the qualifiers as Super Eagles number one goalkeeper before he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

After Super Eagles last 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier which ended 1-1 against Algeria, Balogun took to Twitter to dedicate the campaign to Ikeme.

Carl Ikeme play Carl Ikeme is currently undergoing chemotherapy for acute leukaemia (Twitter/Carl Ikeme )


The road to Russia was an exciting and even more successful one. I dedicate this achievement to our teammate @Carl_Ikeme who started this journey with us. This one’s for you bro,” the Super Eagles defender wrote.

Balogun also expressed his pride in captaining Nigeria in their 1-1 draw with Algeria.


With John Mikel Obi and Ogenyi Onazi not playing, the 29-year-old wore the captain band against Algeria in Constantine.

Proud to have captained my country today and remain unbeaten at @FIFAWorldCup qualifiers,” the 29-year-old added.

Super Eagles play The Super Eagles of Nigeria played out a 1-1 draw with Algeria (Twitter/NFF)

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Balogun was on for 90 minutes as the Super Eagles played out a 1-1 draw with Algeria in their last 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Mainz defender played five games from six in the Super Eagles' 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. He led the defence to two clean sheet while they conceded just one goal from open play under his watch.

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