Super Eagles’ back-to-form defender, Kenneth Omeruo has declared that the Nigerian team cannot afford to rest on their oars, after Friday’s stunning win against Iceland, but admits they must work harder in order to beat Argentina on Tuesday.
Omeruo, who is heading back to Chelsea, after another stint on loan at Kasimpasa last season, stressed that losing to Argentina would make nonsense of the heroics victory against Iceland, hence his verdict that the Eagles must keep their feet on the throttle.
Omeruo stressed ahead of Tuesday’s last group match in Saint-Petersburg that the Eagles’ win over Iceland in their second match would be meaningless if they fail to get the needed result against Argentina on Tuesday.
Regardless of the formation that Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr wants to employ against the two-time world champions, Omeruo is expected to be one of the first names on the team-sheet as he was unarguably Nigeria’s most outstanding defender in their last match in Russia.
If that comes to pass, it would be his third match against Argentina, having featured at the 2014 World Cup and the friendly in Krasnodar last November.
Omeruo said after the match against Iceland: “We knew the team, we studied them, we knew the pattern.
”The coach always warned us about the long balls that they will play and we made sure we prepared for it. That was the difference.
”We need to work harder; we have to forget this victory. It wouldn’t mean anything if we lose the next game. We have to fight and work as a team to stop them and hopefully we will get it done.”