Kenneth Omeruo backs Nigeria to reach 2019 AFCON

Kenneth Omeruo backs Nigeria to reach 2019 AFCON
epa06831018 Kenneth Omeruo (L) of Nigeria and Jon Bodvarsson of Iceland in action during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group D preliminary round soccer match between Nigeria and Iceland in Volgograd, Russia, 22 June 2018.

by Graeme Jackson

Monday Jul 09, 2018. 09:30

Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo has backed the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations following their World Cup adventure.

Nigeria will resume qualifiers for next year’s AFCON when they face the Seychelles away from home in September. The West African giants lost their first Group E match 2-0 at home to South Africa in June 2017.

Gernot Rohr’s side recently participated in the 2018 World Cup, where they exited after the group stage following losses to Croatia and Argentina (which sandwiched a win over Iceland).

“We have to build on the lessons learnt in Russia and the immediate effect of that will be rallying back from that loss to South Africa in Uyo in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers,” Omeruo told Complete Sports Nigeria.

“We will play Seychelles away in September, and with our quality, we should be confident of winning.”

Omeruo has also revealed that he will be rejoining Chelsea for pre-season but has not elaborated any further on his future with the London club.

“Except something happens so soon, I will be joining Chelsea for pre-season. The future will take care of itself,” he said.

The defender played for Turkish top flight league side Kasimpasa on loan from the Blues last season. It was his fifth loan spell away from the Stamford Bridge side, adding to tenures at ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough and Alanyaspor.

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