Yobo out, Leon Balogun invited for Mexico friendly

The Fortuna Dusseldorf right-back becomes the fourth fresh invitee to the Super Eagles in Atlanta, USA for the friendly tie against the El Tri on Wednesday after Yobo's injury

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has invited Fortuna Dusseldorf defender Leon Balogun for the international friendly against Mexico on Wednesday after injury to captain Joseph Yobo.

The team's media officer Ben Alaiya confirmed to Goal that Yobo picked up an injury.

"Yobo is out of this friendly against Mexico for injury reasons and has been replaced by Fortuna Dusseldorf's Leon Balogun.

"He is already here with us in Atlanta," Alaiya said.

Dusseldorf confirmed through their official website that Balogun has been invited for the friendly.

"For the first time defender Leon Balogun was invited by the Nigerian Football Federation for the national team.

“On Wednesday, 5 March he will take part in a friendly match against Mexico. The match will be played in Atlanta, America," read the statement.

Balogun will join the list of three fresh invitees - Ramon Azeez, Imoh Ezekiel and Michael Uchebo handed a chance preparatory to the World Cup in Brazil.

Leon is born to a Nigerian father, Cesar Balogun and German mother, Orfa and eligible to play for both the Nigerian national team and Germany.