Kenneth Omeruo is yet another of the Super Eagles players who has already tested his mettle on a global stage despite his tender years. The young defender was a member of the Flying Eagles squad that made it to the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 and joined English club Chelsea soon afterwards from Standard Liege. The Premier League side loaned him out to Dutch club ADO Den Haag to gain some experience and Omeruo was obviously quick to learn as he featured regularly and received a call up to the Super Eagles side.
So impressive were Omeruo's performances in the Dutch Eredivisie that Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi nominated him for the 23-man squad for the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa. The 19-year-old came on as a substitute in the first game against Burkina Faso and then stayed in the team, keeping out experienced captain Joseph Yobo as the Super Eagles went on to lift the trophy.
Omeruo, whose loan period with ADO Den Haag expired at the end of this season, will return to Chelsea to participate in the clubs' pre-season training, where many, including Nigerian football legend Nwankwo Kanu, are tipping the defender for greatness. “He’s growing and I see him going on to be a very great defender in the world," said the Nigerian icon.