AFCON 2023: Omeruo Discloses Why He Was Confident During Penalty Shootout Against Ronwen Williams

AFCON 2023: Omeruo Discloses Why He Was Confident During Penalty Shootout Against Ronwen Williams

Babajide Orevba, Raphael Abiola
updated at February 9, 2024 at 10:42 AM
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  • Kenneth Omeruo reminisces on Nigeria'a penalty shoot-out win over South Africa in the AFCON
  • The Nigerian international was one of the penalty-takers in the game and hit the back of the net
  • The former Chelsea defender also spoke about being confident against Bafana Bafana's Williams

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruo has commented on the penalty shootout in Nigeria's win over South Africa in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final.

The three-time champions came out victorious on penalties after the entire duration of the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Omeruo was one of the penalty-takers in the game, and his kick was one of the best spot-kicks of the night. Ola Aina was the only Nigerian player who missed from the spot.

Kenneth Omeruo during the CAF Africa Cup of Nations semi-final match between Nigeria and South Africa. Photo: MB Media.
Kenneth Omeruo during the CAF Africa Cup of Nations semi-final match between Nigeria and South Africa. Photo: MB Media.
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In an exclusive interview with Sports Brief, Nigerian international, Omeruo disclosed why he had so much confidence in facing Ronwen Williams during the penalty shootout.

"Yes [I had so much confidence] because we've been training and practising every day since the second round, and it gave us the confidence; it wasn't something new when we went out to play," he said.

The former Chelsea defender also spoke on how the team managed to score almost all their penalties against Williams after his four saves in South Africa's quarter-final clash with Cape Verde.

"Yeah, when I saw the game [South Africa vs Cape Verde] and penalty shootout, I knew we would beat them; I knew I would score my own penalty, and we have good penalty takers as well, so for me, I wasn't panicking."

Omeruo speaks on pressure by Ivorian fans

Sports Brief earlier reported on Omeruo speaking on Super Eagles players having nothing to be afraid of when they face Ivory Coast in front of their home supporters in the AFCON 2023 final.

The former Leganes defender claimed that the Elephants are the ones under pressure to win the final from their fans.

Nigeria would be facing Ivory Coast for the second time in the tournament, with the first game being in the group stage.

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Babajide Orevba
Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.
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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.