Speaking with AfricanFootball.com, Nigeria international Kenneth Omeruo stated.Chelsea will have a big say in his next destination when his loan deal at Middlesbrough expires at the end of the season.
The defender has a contract running with the EPL champions and stated.they will decide his next move.
The 2013 AFCON winner also stated.the Super Eagles have learnt a big lesson from their failure to qualify for the 2015 AFCON. He also talked about his football family, his career so far and aspiration in this exclusive interview with AfrcianFootball.com.
You have played for all the national teams except for the U-23 team, how do you feel about this achievement?
I am happy and I give thanks to God for my achievements so far. I will say my success comes from God and the prayers from my family. So, I feel so happy and proud of representing Nigeria. I also have to thank my coach Stephen Keshi for trusting me, believing in me and giving me chance at a crucial period.
Parents usually don’t want their children to play football in Nigeria, is your own case different from others while you were growing up?
It was the same story, my parents never wanted me or any of my brothers to play football, all they wanted me and my brothers to do is to go to school and become graduates, but we loved playing football more than schooling, and at the end, they had to accept our choice and support us.
How did it all start for Kenneth Omeruo and his footballing brothers?
I and my brothers started playing football with other kids on the streets and in school. We were so attracted to the game, we just love playing football and before we knew it, we couldn’t do without the game and we became local champions that sometimes other older footballers let us play with them despite our age.
Three Omeruos play football… (Cuts in)
We are four, I have three brothers, Lucky, Christian and the young one who also plays football.
Who has motivated you the most?
My older brother, Christian, motivated me a lot at the beginning. He still remains my chief motivator. He encouraged me to take football seriously at some point because he wanted to go back to school and we needed to get support for the family.
Did your brother actually return to school?
Yes, he did where he read accounting.
Middlesbrough missed automatic promotion to the EPL and will now play in the playoff, do you see Middlesbrough getting back to the top flight through this route?
I believe we can win the playoffs and secure promotion to the EPL, but it won’t be easy we know. But I hope and pray we do win it. We will do our best.
Your loan deal to Middlesbrough from Chelsea expires at the end of this season, where are you hoping to play next season?
I still have a contract with Chelsea till 2018, so until that contract is finished, I remain a Chelsea player and we will see what happens at the end of the season.
Nigeria failed to qualify for AFCON 2015, the qualification for 2017 will soon start, what do you have to say about this?
I think this time things would be different, as we now know how painful it was to not qualify for a big tournament like the AFCON, I am sure we will get it right this time.
What was the worst moment of your career?
The moment I don’t want to remember in my career was when we failed to qualify for AFCON 2015. It was a very painful experience for me.
When will you describe as your best moment so far?
My best moment was winning the AFCON for Nigeria in 2013 after a long time. I am yet to have any medal at club level, who knows I may win the playoffs and help Middlesbrough secure promotion to the EPL now.