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Kenneth Omeruo Biography: Career, Family, Honors, and Net Worth

Kenneth Josiah Omeruo, a skilled and seasoned professional football player, was born on October 17, 1993. He is a defender for both the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Segunda División club Leganés.

Early Life

Kenneth Josiah Omeruo was born on the 17th of October, 1993, in Abia State, which falls in the southeastern geopolitical zone of Nigeria. He spent his childhood days in Abia State.

Career

Professional Career

Omeruo was a trialist with Sunshine Stars and Anderlecht before being signed by Standard Liège from the Anderlecht academy. Omeruo was acquired by Chelsea from Liège in January 2012 and immediately loaned to Ado Den Haag of the Eredivisie.

Omeruo committed on an 18-month loan with Ado Den Haag, keeping him there until the conclusion of the 2012–13 season. On March 3, 2012, he made his Ado Den Haag debut against SC Heerenveen, which ended in a scoreless draw. On April 19, 2012, Omeruo scored his first goal for ADO Den Haag against FC Groningen.

On April 28, 2012, Omeruo scored a goal against VVV-Venlo in the 19th minute. In the annals of the Dutch league, he stands alone as the only player to have ever scored, given up an own goal, and been dismissed all in the same match.

On January 7, 2014, Omeruo signed a loan agreement with Middlesbrough and remained there until the 2013–14 season. On February 1st, he made his Middlesbrough debut in a 0-0 draw with Doncaster Rovers.

On July 21, 2015, Omeruo signed a season-long loan agreement with Kasmpaşa, with the option to purchase the player following the loan term. On August 16, 2015, Omeruo played his first game for Kasmpaşa against Gaziantepspor, which Kasmpaşa won 3-0.

Omeruo’s season was up and down; he sustained a few injuries, but he played whenever he was healthy. Omeruo returned to Chelsea for preseason even though the loan agreement included a buyout option; Kasampaşa decided not to use the option owing to a lack of cash.

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Omeruo consented to a one-year contract extension through August 31, 2019, before returning to a loan. His loan to Alanyaspor lasted the whole of the campaign. On September 10, 2016, Omeruo made his professional debut against Genclerbirlii in a scoreless draw. On February 25, 2017, Omeruo scored his first goal for Alanyaspor in their 4-1 home victory over Adanaspor. In the 37th minute, he scored the game’s second goal. Omeruo temporarily returned to Kasmpaşa after signing a new three-year contract with Chelsea on August 25, 2017.

Omeruo began a season-long loan with CD Leganés on August 15, 2018. He expressed his enjoyment of playing in Spain in October 2018 and his desire to commit permanently to Leganés in March 2019. Omeruo left Chelsea after seven years and returned to Leganés on August 13, 2019, this time on a permanent basis.

International Career

Omeruo took part in the Nigerian Under-20 team’s quarterfinal performance in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. On January 9, 2013, at the age of 19, he made his senior team debut against Cape Verde in a scoreless draw. He then took part in all of Nigeria’s matches as they went on to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations for a third time.

Omeruo was also selected on the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup roster for the Nigerian national team. He took part in all three of Nigeria’s group games as they took third place.

Omeruo was selected for Nigeria’s final World Cup roster and started all four of Nigeria’s matches as they placed second in their group and were defeated by France in the Round of 16.

He was chosen by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional Olympic team in 2016, but he was left out of the final 18-man roster. He was included in Nigeria’s initial 30-man roster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in May 2018.

Personal Life

Kenneth Omeruo is happily married with one girl child, named Chairien, who was born in London. The name of his wife is Chioma.

Honors

Nigeria

  • 2013: Africa Cup of Nations
  • 2019: Africa Cup of Nations third place

Net worth

According to different sources online, Kenneth Omeruo’s net worth is estimated at around $3 million. His sources of income are attached to his achievements in his professional football career.

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