My Grandma’s Death Made Me Played For Nigeria – Balogun

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Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun has revealed that his grand mother’s death was behind his decision to play for Nigeria.

Blaogun, who recently signed for Brighton in England and was part of the Super Eagles side that lost 2-0 against Croatia in last week Saturday’s World Cup group D clash, said that though he has not seen her before, he feels delighted to have don the green and white colours of Nigeria.

“I was amazed. I hadn’t thought about my grandma that much since she passed when I was 16 years old,” the Brighton & Hove Albion defender wrote on his piece for The Players’ Tribune.

“But, this lady was right. My grandma’s death had a huge effect on me, and I had never even met my grandma, who lived in Nigeria. That’s the part that was wild to me.

“This woman, though, she saw it. She told me I had to heal my soul, my heart before I could become the player I wanted to be.

“After we left, I didn’t completely understand if my experience with her was successful. The most important thing that came out of that day was that it got me thinking about my grandma. When I got home, my mind went straight back to the day my dad told me the news.

“Because I had never met her, my dad didn’t tell me right when it happened. He actually waited a few days — that’s how distant my relationship was from her. She only spoke Yoruba. So when we talked on the phone when I was little, my dad would try to translate for us. He had never taken me to Nigeria, for reasons he didn’t make clear to me, and I only ever saw photos of my grandma.”

By Augustine Akhilomen

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