Leganes of Spain defender, Kenneth Omeruo has declared that he and his colleagues in the Super Eagles aim to improve on all their performances so far at the Africa Cup of Nations, as they want to reach the final in Cairo, Egypt, megasportsarena.com reports.
Standing between the Eagles and fulfilling their dream of a historic seventh AFCON final in history, of which they have won three and lost four, are the team that beat them in the 1990 showpiece game, Algeria, who they also happened to have defeated on home to get their first clinch of the title in 1980.
It promises to be a huge semi-final cracker at Cairo International Stadium on Sunday night, starting 8pm, and Omeruo knows the only way the Eagles can come out on top is if they improve of what has been seen of them in all five matches so far at AFCON 2019.
They struggled to beat Burundi and Guinea 1-0 each in their two matches at Alexandria Stadium, before losing to Madagascar 2-0 at same venue, only to recover their pride with a stunning 3-2 conquest of Cameroon in the round of 16.
Next up was their first match outside Alexandria, and they made the best of it through mother luck in edging a 2-1 win against South Africa, who almost took the game into extra time, before Udinese of Italy stopper, William Troost-Ekong nipped in an 89th minute winner.
Omeruo confessed that it was a close shave for the Eagles, but equally pumped Troost-Ekong for pop[ping up with the face-saving goal, just as he too had done in the second group game against Guinea.
He was full of praise for his central defence partner, but also pointed out that they were unfortunate to concede the only gone by Bafana Bafana in the 71st minute, after a much delayed look at Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
He, however, went on to declare that the Eagles have put all their past matches and struggles behind them, as they are now concentrating fully only on how to beat Algeria on Sunday and reach Friday’s final at same venue.
Omeruo said: ”Thanks to my partner Ekong for such a great goal at that point in time. I think we had it under control until that free-kick, so we are happy and we hope to improve in the next game.”