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Yobo Psyches up Omeruo




Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, has urged Kenneth Omeruo to up his game to retain confidence of being included in the national team’s starting line up.
Omeruo had been under severe criticism for defensive blunders that caused Nigeria the qualification for 2015 on the last match day as the Super Eagles struggled to 2-2 draw.
Ever since, he had been a suspect in the right rear guard of the Super Eagles.
But Yobo has urged the class of 2009 Golden Eaglets graduate to regain his form and confidence and retain his Super Eagles’ position.
The Chelsea defender has had long loan spell in other European clubs even as Chelsea is considering offering him to Napoli in a prospective part-exchange deal for Kalidou Koulibaly.
Currently featuring for Turkish side, Alanyaspor, Omeruo was sent off last weekend in his club’s 3-0 defeat to Kayserispor in a league match.
Yobo told that Omeruo should begin a rebuilt of his career.
“I pray he regains his confident. It’s high time he proved himself to Rohr. I am sure coaches watch video clips. He might have seen the past clips and error made by the former Chelsea defender in Uyo.
“All players are prone to defensive blunder. But Omeruo still needs to prove critics wrong. He should he make the list of players that will confront the Bafana Bafana of South Africa next month.”
“He was red carded in his last league game for his club side which is not good enough but I see him regaining more confidence before the season runs out.”
“I am sure; he will currently be working on his fitness so as to attract Rohr’s interest. I think he still needs to step up his form so as to erase his past mistake when called upon to confront South Africa,” the retired former Nigerian skipper said.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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