Prior to that, Nigeria had not appeared on the continental stage since their triumph in 2013.
During the qualifying round, Balogun played a significant role for Gernot Rohr’s team and he has reflected on how crucial their progress was for the entire country.
“We’ve qualified for this summer’s African Cup of Nations, which is the most important thing because we failed to qualify for the previous two tournaments – having been winners in 2013,” Balogun told Brighton's official website.
“There would have been an outrage if we hadn’t qualified again; we are a nation of 200 million people and although we have our problems, football brings everyone together and so we have a responsibility beyond football.”
The Super Eagles will be making their 18th Afcon appearance in Egypt later this month and they have been paired against Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar in Group B.
Ahead of their friendly match against Zimbabwe, Rohr has hinted that Balogun is among the players that will play at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Saturday.