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VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Kenneth Omeruo of Nigeria wins a header from Alfred Finnbogason of Iceland during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena on June 22, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Former Flying Eagles’ gaffer John Sam Obuh has applauded defence Trojan, Kenneth Omeruo’s performance in Super Eagles’ 2-0 win against Iceland on Friday, AOIFootball.com reports.

Obuh, who said that Omeruo has finally put critics to shame following his stellar performance against Iceland hailed Coach Gernot Rohr for joining him in having faith in the defender.

“Honestly, I feel excited with his performance; he has shown over time that he is one of our best defenders. Going into the World Cup, I remember clamouring for his inclusion because I knew what he could bring to the team and we all saw that against Iceland.

“I must also commend Coach Gernot Rohr for believing in him because he could have played John Ogu or any other player in that position. But he knew we needed experience and Omeruo brought that to the table, having played at the last World Cup,” Obuh concluded.

Omeruo stats in the game against Iceland further added flavour to Obuh’s praise, with the player being Nigeria’s best defender on the pitch which even led to his parent, club Chelsea praising him after the game.

The 2013 AFCON winner had a game rating of 7.6, making 5 clearances, 3 interceptions, and one tackle. He also help set up Ahmed Musa’s second goal with a lovely lofted pass from the defence, whilst also winning a game-high 9 of duels and completing 64% of his passes.

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