Russia 2018: Chelsea, Stoke City hail Omeruo, Etebo

Kenneth Omerou reaching for a header during the Iceland v Nigeria match
Kenneth Omerou reaching for a header during the Iceland v Nigeria match

English Premiership club, Chelsea and Championship side, Stoke City, have commended their Nigerian defender, Kenneth Omeruo and midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo, respectively, following Nigeria’s World Cup match victory over Iceland on Friday.

The Super Eagles recorded a 2-0 win over Iceland.

Ahmed Musa grabbed the brace to bring the team back into reckoning in the group, after the 0-2 loss in their first game against Croatia.

Omeruo was handed his first start of the competition by Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, as part of a three-man defence and he rewarded the German coach with a fine performance.

Though he had a hand in the penalty caused by Tyronne Ebuehi which was missed by Gyfil Sigurdsson, Omeruo did well in helping the Super Eagles ward off the threat of the Iceland forwards.

“What a performance from @omeruo22! 💪 #NGAISL,” reads a tweet on the club’s official Twitter handle.

The 24-year-old joined Chelsea in January 2012, but he is yet to make his official debut for the club.

Instead, he has spent time on loan at four different clubs – ADO Den Haag in the Dutch Eredivisie, Middlesbrough (English Championship), Kasimpasa and Alanyaspor (Turkish outfits).

He has been capped 38 times by Nigeria.

Similarly, Stoke City congratulated their newly-signed Etebo on his performance in the Nigeria’s victory at the Volgograd Arena.

Etebo signed a five-year deal with Stoke City before the start of the tournament and has been one of Nigeria’s standout performers at the mundial.

“Congratulations Etebo! Soaring with the Super Eagles,” Stoke City tweeted on the club’s official Twitter handle.

Etebo, who has flourished playing in midfield for the Eagles alongside Mikel Obi and Wilfred Ndidi is expected to keep his place in the starting line-up when Nigeria take of Argentina in their last group game.

Nigeria are second in Group D with three points from two games and must beat Argentina to qualify for the round of 16.

Croatia lead the group with six points while Argentina and Iceland are tied on one point after two games.


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