Kenneth Omeruo: Ex-Chelsea journeyman reflects on 6-goal thriller with familiar faces

Kenneth Omeruo's fine display did not stop his team from conceding three goals against his former club. (Photo Credit: Omeruo/Instagram)

Kenneth Omeruo: Ex-Chelsea journeyman reflects on 6-goal thriller with familiar faces

Izuchukwu Akawor 08:58 - 18.09.2023

Nigeria Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo faced former club Alanyaspor in a Super Lig thriller at the weekend.

Nigerian international and former Chelsea star, Kenneth Omeruo, was in good form as his new club Kasimpasa visited his former club Alanyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig. 

Omeruo’s Kasimpasa put on as they came from two goals down to earn a share of the spoils in a six-goal thriller at Holding Stadyumu on Sunday. 

Kasimpasa held their hosts, Alanyaspor, to a draw after the game ended in a thrilling 3-3. 

Super Eagles’ Omeruo vs Alanyaspor

The 29-year-old was one of the standout performers in the match despite conceding three goals. 

Omeruo returned to Alanyaspor for the first time since 2017.
Kenneth Omeruo was outstanding at CB for Kasimpasa against Alanyaspor. (Photo Credit: Omeruo/Instagram)

Omeruo started and finished the entertaining encounter but could not do anything about the goals despite a brilliant individual performance. 

He finished with the most tackles in the match, winning 100% of his attempts. He made two blocks, two interceptions, and six recoveries. 

Omeruo celebrates one of the goals with his teammates. (Photo Credit: Omeruo/Instagram)

The Super Eagles centre-back also completed 100% of his dribbles but will have to do better with his passes after he completed just 78% of them, although seven of them were played into the final third. 

Omeruo, who was part of the AFCON 2013 winning team with Nigeria Super Eagles, added three ground duels, which represented 75% attempted. 

Omeruo spent his time with Chelsea as a journeyman on loan.
Kenneth Omeruo signed for Chelsea in the summer of 2012, but did not play for the club. (Photo Credit: Imago)

He also showed an excellent command of his aerial space after winning 100% of his duels there (he attempted seven).

Omeruo reacts

After the game, the former Chelsea man took to his social media page to react to the encounter. 

Omeruo shone against his former team despite conceding three goals.
Kenneth Omeruo won seven of seven attempted aerial duels at Alanyaspor. (Photo Credit: Omeuo/Instagram)

The game saw the Omeruo return to the Holding Stadyumu, where he spent some time on loan from Chelsea. 

He played 28 matches for the club and scored once during his time with the club between 2016 and 2017.

After the game, the Nigerian, who praised his new teammates for their mentality in the game, was happy to meet some familiar faces and to leave with a share of the spoils. 

Kenneth Omeruo/Instagram

“Plus one, good mentality from the whole team,” Omeruo posted on Instagram.

“(It) was also good to see some familiar faces at my former team Alanyaspor,” he added. 

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