Kenneth Omeruo, the Chelsea loanee, granted an interview ahead of Nigeria’s clash with Zambia scheduled on Sunday.
Image: Kenneth Omeruo
The defender’s amazing performance against Zambia’s Chipolopolo in Nigeria’s route to winning AFCON 2013, guaranteed him a spot in the Super Eagles line-up.
Kenneth, 22, says the Eagles are ready for action, adding that the squad is expecting nothing but the three points from the game in order to kick-start their Russia 2018 campaign with victory.
QUESTION: Kenneth, welcome back to the Super Eagles after a short absence.
KENNETH OMERUO: Thank you very much.
This is your first game under new Eagles coach Gernot Rohr. How has it been?
There isn’t much difference from the previous teams I have played in, I know most of the boys and I have played with them as well.
The coach has brought some experience to the team with some good analysis, training has also been good and we are all looking forward to Sunday’s match in Zambia.
With your experience, what should we expect from you on Sunday?
As always, I hope to give my best, to push the boys till the end of the game because this is a crucial World Cup qualifier.
We all have to take responsibility, not just a few of the players, everyone has to be bold.
It’s an important game and we will do everything to come back with the three points.
Three years ago, you played like a veteran in only your first major competition with the Super Eagles at the AFCON in South Africa, where you also clashed with Zambia and the likes of Didier Drogba. Where did such confidence come from?
Looking back to that AFCON, I would say my coach, the late Stephen Keshi.
He gave me a lot of confidence because I never really expected I will be playing. I thought I will be mostly on the bench, but he looked at me and he told me ‘you can do it’. That is why I will respect him forever.
Finally, you had several clubs after you in the close season. Why did you finally settle for Alanyaspor?
Initially, I was looking forward to joining Besiktas, but the deal broke down few days to the end of the transfer window and I then had few options left.
I went with the team where I will be playing regularly and who will not be fighting against going down.
Thank you for your time.
Interview by Kola Daniel
Image shows Kenneth Omeruo in action for Nigeria at the AFCON 2013.