KENNETH OMERUO


                     

Kenneth Josiah Omeruo, knicknamed K.O, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Kasımpaşa in Turkey (on loan from Chelsea F.C) and the Nigeria national team, the Super Eagles. Born in Abia State, Nigeria, he discovered his passion for football in primary school. By the time he was 12 years old, he was travelling from state to state playing matches against other schools & teams. His first professional club in Nigeria was Sunshine Stars.


He is a strong centre back and very level headed individual that always wants to give his best. Kenneth wants to be one of the best defenders in the World. 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 in which he became an African champion. He has also played for the Super Eagles at the FIFA Confederations Cup (2013) and the FIFA World Cup (2014). He is currently the most experienced centre back for the Nigeria national team.


During his career with Chelsea F.C, Omeruo has been on a few loan moves to further his development while patiently waiting for his opportunity to cement his place in the first team. He has played with Ado Den Haag (Netherlands), Middlesbrough (England), Kasimpaşa (Turkey) and Alanyaspor (Turkey), where he was honored as the 2016 Sports Personality of the Year for his contributions in support of African entertainers in Turkey. 


Off the pitch, he is committed to helping others having set up a foundation that provides water to remote areas in Nigeria and always looking at other charitable causes to be involved with. He likes watching movies, playing other sports (like table-tennis) and most of all keeping in touch with his family. Kenneth has three other brothers, all footballers! Certainly, a family trait.