By Johnny Edward:
Chelsea defender, Kenneth Omeruo, is looking forward to Nigeria’s 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles in Victoria, and expresses his firm optimism that the Super Eagles will fly the country’s flag in Cameroon next year, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Omeruo remains confident that the experience gained and lessons learnt from their group stage campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will help in Nigeria’s quest of qualifying for the tournament.
Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, and the currently placed third in the Group E of the Cameroon 2019 qualifiers behind leaders Libya and South Africa.
Seychelles are rock bottom in the group.
“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 Completesportsnigeria.com.
“We will play Seychelles away in September, and with our quality, we should be confident of winning.”
Gernot Rohr’s men will face Libya on October 10 at home, with the reverse fixture holding five days later in Tripoli.
The reverse fixture against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa is scheduled for November 16 2018.
The Super Eagles will round off their AFCON 2019 qualifying campaign with a home fixture against Seychelles on the 22nd of March 2019.
Omeruo also reveals that he will be rejoining Chelsea for pre-season but keeps mum about the details of his future at the 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 Chelsea last season. It was his fifth loan spell away from the Stamford Bridge side.
He previously had loan spells at ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough, Kasimpasa, Alanyaspor and another stint with Kasimpasa last season.