By Bibian Onwugbolu
Derby County defender Efe Ambrose has said he will be happy to return to the Super Eagles should coach Gernot Rohr believe he can improve his 2019 AFCON-bound team.
Ambrose established himself in the national team under coaches Stephen Keshi and Sunday Oliseh and even won the 2013 AFCON, but he has since been overlooked by Rohr.
“It will be a great honour to play again for the Super Eagles, but the most important thing is for the coach to pick you on merit, that’s what really counts,” he said in an interview with Sportsday.
The experienced defender further said he plays for the team and he believes he can improve the current Super Eagles. I play for the team, it’s not about Efe Ambrose, it’s the team because football is a team sport,” he said.
“I believe I can play in different positions for this team as I have done previously.
“I can score goals going upfront and I can defend and bring stability to the defence. I’m composed, have good speed and I’m good in the air.”
Speaking on his transfer to Derby County, Efe said his recent transfer to Derby County has taken him closer to his dream of playing in the Premier League in England.
“Joining Derby County is a step closer to playing in the Premier League,” the former Celtic star said.
Derby County are seventh on the English Championship table with 51 points from 32 matches, just two points outside the promotion playoffs bracket.
Reacting to this, a member of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) who also confirmed Efe’s current fitness after watching played for 61 mints for his English clubside, saying he must be given a chance to prove his worth once again with the national team.
“I dont think we should be debating this although the last decision lies with the coach but think Efe will definitely get a chance. we need to rebuild our image in Africa by trying our possible best to atleast reach to the semi finals in the coming AFCON tournament in Egypt,”
“I know everyone is watching him, especially the media has been disturbing asking for his come back to help the defence line and also contribute his own it the better performance of the team when the time comes.