Leon Balogun has taken to Twitter to apologize for his error which led to a goal in the final AFCON Group B match against Madagascar.
The Super Eagles defender committed a “school boy error”, that saw Nigeria trailing 1-0 inside the opening 13 minutes of the game.
After the game, Balogun drew more fury from fans after he told brila.net that he has moved on from that mistake, while insisting that he is human.
“Bad days happen, we had a bad day, we tried but it wasn’t enough but we still qualified and that’s what we should focus on and get ready for the next game.
“I made one mistake that led to a goal; played one miscued pass to the goalkeeper. Apart from that, I think I defended everything I needed to defend and I know people will only focus on that mistake but that’s not what I’m going to do.
“I didn’t make that mistake on purpose, it definitely doesn’t feel good. It was just a bad game for the whole team. It is football and these things happen and we’re all human beings; I’m not a robot.
“I can’t guarantee that mistakes won’t happen, so I will never say that. But of course if you had a mistake like that then you don’t want to do it again, but you can’t make any promises on that one.”
The statement didn’t go down well with fans, but he seems to have now backtracked on that as he has taken to Twitter to apologize to fans. He also promised that he was going to bounce back.
He wrote on Twitter:
“You can love me or either leave me, but I’m only human & I make mistakes. Try not to hold that against me tho. I accept full responsibility for my actions, so if ya’ll expect me to be perfect, I apologize for being human. No mistake’s too great to recover and bounce back 💪🏽🦅🇳🇬”