Kenneth Omeruo

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Kenneth Omeruo
Kenneth Omeruo.jpg
Omeruo with ADO Den Haag in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Josiah Omeruo[1]
Date of birth (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Abia State, Nigeria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Alanyaspor
(on loan from Chelsea)
Number 44
Youth career
0000–2010 Hard Foundation
2010–2012 Standard Liege
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Chelsea 0 (0)
2012–2013 ADO Den Haag (loan) 36 (2)
2014–2015 Middlesbrough (loan) 33 (0)
2015–2016 Kasımpaşa (loan) 25 (0)
2016– Alanyaspor (loan) 21 (1)
National team
2009 Nigeria U17 7 (1)
2011 Nigeria U20 5 (0)
2013– Nigeria 31 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2014

Kenneth Josiah Omeruo (born 17 October 1993) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Turkish club Alanyaspor on loan from English club Chelsea and the Nigeria national team.[2][3] As a capable defender, he can easily play right-back as well as at centre-back.

Omeruo signed for Chelsea from Standard Liege in January 2012 and upon signing went on loan to Dutch top-flight side ADO Den Haag. Then only 19, he impressed enough in the Eredivisie to earn a call up to the Nigerian national team.

Now a regular international, Omeruo has represented Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. Omeruo cemented a place in the starting line-up at the Africa Cup of Nations as it turned into a wonderful tournament for the Super Eagles and they emerged from the tournament victorious.[4]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Omeruo had spells at Sunshine Stars and Anderlecht as a trailist before he was signed from the Anderlecht academy by Standard Liège.[5]

Chelsea[edit]

In January 2012, Chelsea signed Omeruo from Liège and immediately loaned him out to Eredivisie club ADO Den Haag.[6][7] In May 2014 Nigeria World Cup-bound Omeruo agreed a new three-year contract with Chelsea.[8]

On 31 August 2016, Omeruo signed a one-year contract extension until 2019, before leaving on loan again.[9]

Loan to ADO Den Haag[edit]

Omeruo joined ADO Den Haag on an 18-month loan deal which kept him at the club until the end of the 2012–13 season.[10] On 3 March 2012, Omeruo made his debut for ADO Den Haag against SC Heerenveen which ended in a 0–0 draw.[11] On 19 April 2012, in a game against FC Groningen Omeruo scored his first goal for ADO Den Haag.[12]

On 28 April 2012, Omeruo scored against VVV-Venlo in the 19th minute, although just three minutes later scored an own goal.[13] He is the only player in the Dutch league ever to score a goal, an own goal and receive a red card in one match.

Loan to Middlesbrough[edit]

On 7 January 2014, Omeruo joined Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season.[14] On 1 February 2014, Omeruo made his debut for Middlesbrough in a 0–0 draw against Doncaster Rover.[15] On 8 April 2014, Omeruo was sent off in the 82nd minute after picking up a second yellow, although the Boro had to finish the game with 9-men (Ben Gibson was also sent off late in the game), the Boro still managed to see earn a 3–1 win victory against Birmingham City.[16]

He rejoined Middlesbrough for the 2014–15 season,[17] making his first appearance against Birmingham in a 2-0 win.

Loan to Kasımpaşa[edit]

On 21 July 2015, Omeruo joined Kasımpaşa on a season-long loan with an option to purchase the player at the end of the spell.[18] On August 16 2015, Omeruo made his debut for Kasımpaşa in a match against Gaziantepspor, the match ended in a 3–0 victory for Kasımpaşa.[19] Five days later, Omeruo made his home debut against İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. which ended in a 1–0 victory for Kasımpaşa.[20]

Omeruo had an up and down season, suffering from a couple injuries, however started whenever he was fit. Although the loan deal had an option to buy, Kasımpaşa decided to pass on the option due to a lack of funds, which led to Omeruo returning to Chelsea for pre-season.[21]

Loan to Alanyaspor[edit]

On 31 August 2016, after he served out for Kasımpaşa, Omeruo joined Alanyaspor on a season-long loan.[9] He was given the number 44. On 10 September 2016, Omeruo made his debut in a 0–0 draw against Gençlerbirliği.[22] On 25 February 2017, Omeruo scored his first goal for Alanyaspor in their 4–1 home victory over Adanaspor, netting in the hosts' second in the 37th minute.[23]

International career[edit]

Omeruo played for the Nigerian Under-20 team that reached the quarter-finals at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.[24]

On 9 January 2013, at the age of 19 he played for the senior team for the first time in a goalless draw against Cape Verde. He then went on to play in all of Nigeria's matches at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as Nigeria went on to win the competition for the third time.[25]

Later that year he was selected for Nigeria's squad at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and played in all of the three group games as Nigeria finished third in their group.[26]

Omeuro was named in Nigeria's final squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and started in all four games as Nigeria finished second in their group and were eliminated by France at the Round of 16.[27]

He was selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics,[28] but did not make the final 18- man squad.[29]

Playing style[edit]

Omeruo has been described as a "tall, rangy but strong centre-back" and a "level-headed and determined youngster".[30][31]

Personal life[edit]

His younger brother Lucky Omeruo is also a footballer, who currently plays for Rangers International of Enugu[32] and for the Nigeria national under-20 football team.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 April 2017.[34]
Club Performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Club Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands Eredivisie KNVB Cup Other Europe Total
ADO Den Haag (loan) 2011–12 9 0 0 0 - - - - 9 0
2012–13 27 2 2 0 - - - - 29 2
Total 36 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 38 2
England Championship FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Middlesbrough (loan) 2013–14 14 0 0 0 0 0 - - 14 0
2014–15 19 0 2 0 1 0 - - 22 0
Total 33 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 36 0
Turkey Süper Lig Turkish Cup Other Europe Total
Kasımpaşa (loan) 2015–16 25 0 1 0 - - - - 26 0
Alanyaspor (loan) 2016–17 21 1 0 0 - - - - 21 1
Career total 115 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 121 3

Honours[edit]

Nigeria[35]

Investment and Intention[edit]

A September 2015 Youtube video shows that Kenneth Omeruo is a member of a marketing network called Alliance In Motion Global[36] which has a marketing partnership with the US-based food supplements Manufacturer Nature's Way.[37] Kenneth says in the video that he joined the network to 'make a life-time investment' and avoid the mistakes certain other internationals in the past had made who failed to invest.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil" (PDF). FIFA.com. p. 5. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Eredivisie. "Kenneth Omeruo, ADO Den Haag". Eredivisielive.nl. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kenneth Omeruo". Worldfootball.net. 1993-10-17. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Is Nigeria's Kenneth Omeruo Chelsea's best kept secret?". BBC Sport. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Meet Kenneth Omeruo, the best Chelsea player you've never heard of". FourFourTwo. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chelsea linked with move for Standard defender Kenneth Omeruo". ESPN Soccernet. 2012-01-07. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Chelsea Sign Nigerian Youngster Kenneth Omeruo". Goal.com. 8 Jan 2012. Retrieved 8 Jan 2012. 
  8. ^ "OMERUO AGREES NEW CHELSEA CONTRACT". africanfootball.com. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "New contract and loan for Omeruo". Chelsea F.C. 31 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Chelsea linked to Omeruo". Sky Sports. 7 Jan 2012. Retrieved 7 Jan 2012. 
  11. ^ ADO Den Haag vs. Heerenveen 0 - 0, Soccerway, 3 March 2012, retrieved 31 May 2012 
  12. ^ Barry Glendenning (9 May 2012). "The Knowledge | English football's only joint own goal". London: Guardian. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  13. ^ VVV-Venlo v.s. ADO Den Haag 2-1, Soccerway, 28 April 2012, retrieved 31 May 2012 
  14. ^ "Boro Seal Omeruo Loan". Middlesbrough FC. 7 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Doncaster Rovers vs. Middlesbrough 0 - 0". Soccerway. 1 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Middlesbrough v.s. Birmingham 3 - 1". Soccerway. 8 April 2014. 
  17. ^ "Middlesbrough complete Kenneth Omeruo loan deal from Chelsea". BBC Sport. 6 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Omeruo Kasımpaşamızda". Kasımpaşa. 21 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Gaziantepspor vs. Kasımpaşa 0 - 3". Soccerway. 16 August 2015. 
  20. ^ "Kasımpaşa vs. İstanbul Başakşehir 1 - 0". Soccerway. 21 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Kenneth Omeruo To Return To Chelsea For Pre-Season Training". AllNigeriaSoccer. 27 May 2016. 
  22. ^ "Gençlerbirliği vs. Alanyaspor 0 - 0". Soccerway. 10 September 2016. 
  23. ^ "Alanyaspor vs. Adanaspor". Soccerway. 25 February 2017. 
  24. ^ "U-20 Nigeria international, Kenneth Omeruo set for Dutch debut.". Goal.com. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  25. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (10 January 2013). "Nations Cup 2013: Nigeria pick six locally-based players". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "Nigeria to take new-look squad to Confederations Cup". BBC Sport. 9 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  27. ^ "France scored twice in the final 11 minutes in Brasilia to beat Nigeria and reach the World Cup quarter-finals.". BBC Sport. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  28. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (24 June 2016). "Kelechi Iheanacho included in Nigeria's Olympics squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  29. ^ "Mikel makes Olympics squad, Awoniyi on standby". Punch. 24 July 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  30. ^ "Meet Kenneth Omeruo, the best Chelsea player you've never heard of". FourFourTwo. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "Is Nigeria's Kenneth Omeruo Chelsea's best kept secret?". BBC Sport. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  32. ^ "Lucky Omeruo, younger brother of Chelsea of England and Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo". BBC Sport. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  33. ^ "Foreign player's pay stops Omeruo - MTNFootball". MTN. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  34. ^ Soccerway profile
  35. ^ Kenneth Omeruo at Soccerway
  36. ^ "Kenneth Omeruo Happy In Alliance In Motion Global". Youtube. Youtube. September 3, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Alliance In Motion Global Inc.". www.allianceinmotion.com. Retrieved 2016-01-16.