2014 World Cup: Messi, Aguero worry Omeruo

Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo is aware of the threats posed by Super Eagles World Cup opponents, especially Argentina, admitting the South Americans will be tough to handle in Brazil.

The African champions and the Argentines are familiar foes at this level after meeting thrice at the finals in 1994, 2002 and 2010. The South Americans were victorious on each occasion.

When asked on ChelseaTV what chances Nigeria had in the group which also features Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Chelsea defender identified his potential nemesis.

“It’s the first thing people say to me when they hear who we face. (Sergio) Aguero and (Lionel) Messi will be tough opponents, so we have to stay compact and strong as a team. But it is a group we can get through from, and we will look to be playing in the knockout stages,” he said.

Omeruo admitted being called up to play in the Super Eagles last year was a surprise to him but added that his experience with the team at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil had boosted his confidence.

He said, “It was a great experience. I only had 10 minutes of the game against Spain because I was injured, but it wasn’t a bad performance even though we lost 3-0. It was individual mistakes, and with a bit of work we can be more competitive.”

He recalled how the challenges at Middlesbrough prepared him ahead of the World Cup.

“Middlesbrough had a wonderful team and good management, so I blended well. The football was a bit physical which I had to learn as quickly as possible if I wanted to achieve anything before the World Cup, and I am very happy with everything,” he said.

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