Omeruo Eyes Spot In Olympic Eagles, Targets Europa League

Omeruo Eyes Spot In Olympic Eagles, Targets Europa League

Kenneth Omeruo has revealed to the official Chelsea website that he will like to play in the Olympic Games men's football football event in August.


The Kasimpasa defender, on loan from Chelsea, is eligible for the Olympics since he is 22 and the tournament is open to players U-23. Even then, three players over the age of 23 are allowed in each squad.


Described as "a physical presence in defence" by the Chelsea website, Omeruo has been impressive for Kasimpasa and says he enjoys life in Instanbul.


When asked about his target for the season, Omeruo replied: "I just want to finish the season as well as possible and try and help Kasimpasa into a European spot. 

"After that we will start thinking about next season. There is also the Olympics which I might be involved in.   


"The season has been going really well. I am playing a lot of games. I have had a few injuries but nothing serious, just keeping me out for one or two weeks at a time. Generally I have been playing every game except when I have been injured or suspended.


"We have one of the best defensive records in the league at this moment so I can’t really ask for more than that. We are fifth right now and we are pushing to finish in a Europa League position which is fourth spot."


The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner with the Super Eagles then praised the fans of Kasimpasa and the style of football in Turkey.


Omeruo said: "It’s a club in the European side of Istanbul. It doesn’t have as many fans as the bigger Istanbul clubs but they are financially stable and they have amazing facilities as well.


"The atmosphere can be incredible especially when you are playing against the biggest clubs, teams like Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray. It doesn’t matter if you are playing home or away, the stadium is sure to be full.


"The fans are very loyal. It doesn’t even matter which team you play for – as long as you are a footballer they are nice to you and that makes it easy.



"I have already played in Holland [for ADO Den Haag] and in the Championship [for Middlesbrough] and it’s a combination of both. It’s relaxed because there is a game a week, especially if you’re not in the cup, so you have a lot of time to train and prepare for the next game which isn’t always the case in England.


"And the games are always tough. Teams that are struggling are always fighting hard. Every game is difficult but each one comes with improvement."



A few top players from the Premier League are currently in the Turkish top flight and Omeruo has faced some of them, including ex-Chelsea star Samuel Eto'o.


Omeruo describes how he has been handling these players and other star attackers.


"Yes indeed, people like Mario Gomez, Robin van Persie, Nani and Samuel Eto’o," he added. "It’s been amazing. It was good coming up against Samuel. We beat his team Antalyaspor 2-1 a few weeks ago and I was happy he didn’t score!


"I spoke to Samuel before the game and also their coach [former Chelsea assistant] Jose Morais. It was the first time I have had a chance to speak to Samuel since he left Chelsea which was nice.


"It’s been good living in Turkey. Istanbul is a lovely, lovely city. I live right in the centre of the city and there are lots of things to do and places to see, lots of nice restaurants too. It’s great."