Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun suggested that the Nigerian team might have been jinxed, which led to them not qualifying for the world cup held in Qatar.
Nigeria failed to secure one of the five African world Cup slots after playing out a 1–1 draw against Ghana at the Abuja national stadium and by the away goals saw their rivals clinch a spot at the tourney
Home supporters stormed the pitch and began destroying property on the field and throwing objects at visiting Ghana fans and players.
Speaking on the Eagles’ elimination Balogun expressed his shock at the outcome and the changes made to the away goals rule at the last minute
“It is funny because that season, the away goals rule had been scrapped everywhere. I don’t know why they didn’t do it in Africa…I have no clue. Until this day, I don’t understand,”
“We did go to Ghana to play the first leg and it was a tough game. You know there was this whole fuss about them changing the stadium at the last minute on Tuesday when they have never lost and they say whether Juju may or may not have been involved also or whatever.” the Queen Park Rangers defender told the Beautiful Game podcast.
The 34-year-old also revealed that the odds were stacked against the Super Eagles after the draw in Ghana
“It was really, really tough and we ended up playing 0-0. I remember we had a meeting one or two days after and one of the staff said we are 70 per cent through and I thought to myself that can’t be right.”
“We played a goalless draw away from home, if that’s helpful to anyone then it’s Ghana. We said we have to just pour our hearts out for that game.”
He also added that the Black stars deserved the world cup ticket
“We have to say Ghana probably deserved it you have to hold up your hands and say they deserved it because we came out for them/”