Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has disclosed that the team faces another Group of Death in the quest to qualify for the knockout stage from Group D.
Gernot Rohr and his players were drawn alongside Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria in the Group of Death during the qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 but the three-time African champions defied all odds to secure a spot at the tournament.
Newly signed Brighton & Hove Albion defender Balogun is now convinced that the team has to deal with a ‘Group of Death’ for a second time.
Leon Balogun was speaking with NAN on Sunday. He said: “There is no need to get our heads down. It is never nice to lose, especially when it is important to do so, but we can’t be brooding over that loss.”
“We now have another `Group of Death’ on our hands, just like it was during the qualifiers. Now, we have two very important games ahead of us and we need to win at least one of them.
“But, I am sure we will be up to it. We need to do a good analysis of the two opponents as well as what went wrong on Saturday and make good use of it.” He added.
He went on to point out that the team can take some positives out of their performance against Croatia.
Balogun said: “We didn’t play a really bad game against Croatia. Their experience was one thing they had against us, and they were composed and very good.”
“Our game didn’t look too bad and that means we can still get it right.
“I know it is going to be tough, especially in fighting back to qualify from this group, but we must do what we need to do.” He concluded.
Leon Balogun and his teammates would be hoping to bounce back to winning ways when they play Iceland on Friday.