Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, has blamed defender, Leon Balogun for the first goal Nigeria conceded against Madagascar at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, encounter on Sunday, Daily Post reports.
The Super Eagles on Sunday, lost 2-0 to Madagascar, in their final Group B fixture at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.
Lalaina Nomenjanahary pounced on Leon Balogun’s slip in the 13th minute, to give Madagascar a shock lead.
The Super Eagles came out fighting in the second half, but Carolus Andriamahitsinoro made it 2-0 and all but ended the encounter as a contest.
But Yobo who captained Nigeria to win a third AFCON title in South Africa in 2013, said Balogun should have moved towards the ball and clear it out instead of trying to play smart.
“Balogun should have move towards the ball and clear it out,” the former Everton star said on SuperSport.
“He shouldn’t have tried to play smart. You have to give credit to the Madagascar player that scored the goal,” he added.
Madagascar finished top with seven points, while Nigeria are runners-up with six points.