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Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has predicted Nigeria will reach the semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil.

Omeruo also said Nigeria have what it takes to brush aside Argentina in the first round of the tournament.

“I’m hoping we’ll get to the final,” Omeruo responded confidently when asked how far his side would go.

“But I think at least the semi-finals.”

The former Sunshine Stars defender, who was handed a big role at age 19 at the AFCON 2013 where he was key to Eagles victory, said the experience was great as he was surprised to get such opportunity.

"It was unbelievable,” Omeruo said. “It was my first appearance for the national team at the start of the tournament, and then there we were, lifting the trophy. I felt good and it was a day I will never forget.”

Omeruo said the African champions are capable of stopping one of the World Cup favourites Argentina.

“I’m really looking forward to the game against Argentina,” he said.

“We will try as much as possible to keep a clean sheet. It will be difficult but we have to do that. They are the best players in the world and we have to show our quality by standing up to them. We will first of all have to make sure we get maximum points from the first two games.”

When asked how he hopes to keep Lionel Messi at bay, Omeruo responded that he had been conducting some research on his opponent.

“I watch him a lot on TV. It’s going to be a team effort to try and stop him. Everyone will have to be positive and 100% focused on the game,” he offered.

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