Kenneth Omeruo is becoming a popular figure in football. The youngster is a rising star in the Chelsea ranks, yet has not earned a senior cap. What he has earned is a trip to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with his home country, Nigeria.
Despite not yet breaking into Chelsea’s first team, the young defender has already won 15 senior caps for the Super Eagles and played a key role in their winning run in the 2013 African Cup of Nations. Not only did he start every game for Nigeria in the Nations Cup, he started every game in the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil as well.
Omeruo can play either center-back or right-back, but prefers to play centrally. After joining Chelsea from Standard Liege in 2012, he was immediately loaned to ADO Den-Haag and had a great season in the Dutch Eredivisie. Omeruo appears to be very happy at Chelsea, quoting the support of Chelsea’s players and the passion of Nigeria (and Africa as a whole) as his motivation to succeed at both a club and national level.
At only 20 years of age, the Nigerian international has plenty of time to break into the Blue’s lineup. He has pointed to the physicality and exceptional talent at each position as the toughest aspects for him to adapt to at an elite level.
The rising star, who has seen his career go from reserve football in Belgium to being an African Cup of Nations winner in less than four years, has the whole footballing world in his sights. All eyes will be on the World Cup draw that takes place this Friday to see what the final groups will look like.
Omeruo and Nigeria will see if they can match and exceed the success of the 94’ World Cup side that made it to the round of 16. Regardless of where the Super Eagles finish, Omeruo is definitely one to watch in the future.