Teslim Balogun


Teslim Olawale Balogun, born in 1927 and died on the 30th of July, 1972, was a Nigerian footballer and coach. Teslim Balogun played at both professional and international levels as a striker, before he later became Africa’s first qualified professional football coach. Teslim Balogun played in his country, Nigeria, for a number of teams, including Apapa Bombers, Marine Athletics, Dynamos Club, Pan Bank Team. UAC XI and so on.
During his time in Nigeria, Teslim Balogun won the Challenge cup five times in seven finals and was the first player to have a hat- trick in the competition, in Pan Bank’s 6-1 rout of Warri in 1953. He was nicknamed by his fans “Thunder” because of his powerful shot and was also known as “Balinga” for the same reason.
Teslim Balogun died peacefully in his sleep on 30th July, 1972 at the age of 45, leaving the whole nation to mourn his loss. The Teslim Balogun Stadium in the Nigerian city of Lagos was named after him in his honour.bolt


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