ALBION defender Leon Balogun is through to the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria.

But he is unlikely to get much game time in their bid to lift the trophy in Egypt.

Balogun was introduced from the bench in the dying moments of last night’s 2-1 quarter-final win against South Africa in Cairo, which ended fellow Seagull Percy Tau’s interest in the tournament.

Balogun, pictured, replaced Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi right at the end – a repeat of the scenario in the quarter-final victory over Cameroon featuring Albion’s other representative at the tournament Gaetan Bong.

Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr has stuck with a partnership of William Troost-Ekong and Kenneth Omeruo in the centre of defence since Balogun was at fault for the opening goal in a surprise group defeat by Madagascar.

Troost-Ekong was the Super Eagles’ hero against South Africa, scoring the winner in the 89th minute from a corner which was misjudged by the goalkeeper.

Samuel Chukwueze, 20, had given Nigeria a first-half lead with his first goal for his country, slotting in from Iwobi’s pass.

South Africa equalised with 19 minutes left, a VAR check showing that Bongani Zungu was not offside.

Nigeria meet the winners of tonight’s quarter-final between Ivory Coast and Algeria on Sunday.