Efe Ambrose Targets Eagles’ Build-up Matches

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Derby County of England new arrival, Efe Ambrose has admitted he is desirous of making a return to the Super Eagles, as he believes his days in Nigeria’s national team are not over and want to prove it with time in the side’s upcoming pre-Africa Cup of Nations build-up matches.

Ambrose said he does not like being called a former Eagles’ player, as he believes his days are not over in the squad, and wants opportunities to prove his mettle once more.

The former Kaduna United, SC Ashdod of Israel as well as ex-Celtic and Hibernian of Scotland defender pointed out that he has recently signed for a club in England, while many others are leaving the same country.

He also cited the fact that, aside goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, he is the only set of Nigeria’s Canada 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup players that is still active in top-flight football.

Ambrose is of a view that Nigeria will find his experience useful at the Afirca Cup of Nations in Egypt, having also been part of the squad that won the title in 2013, which he believes should boost his credentials.

“I am not former Super Eagles’ player,” Ambrose stated with affirmation.

“I am still relevant for the team and I believe I will go with them to this year’s Nations Cup in Egypt.

“All I want is for the coach to give me the chance to prove myself. Let them invite me for the pre-Nations Cup friendlies, so that I can show what I have to offer, in terms of experience and strength.

“The present squad, as it is, needs some experienced players to help the young ones in the team. I believe that’s something I can bring to the side before and during the Nations Cup in Egypt.”

Omeruo: Eagles Need To Be Serious For AFCON GloryLevante of Spain defender, Kenneth Omeruo has reiterated his belief that Nigeria can win this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, but says it means all the players have to be very serious during the competition.

Speaking on the sidelines of his club’s preparation to battle fellow-Super Eagles star, Moses Simon’s Levante on Monday in La Liga, Omeruo stated emphatically that Nigeria’s team is good enough to rule Africa in July.

The dark-skinned defender, who is on loan at Leganes from Chelsea of England, added that the Eagles are loaded with enough formidable talent to get Nigeria’s fourth feel of the AFCON diadem, but added that they must step up efforts and give good attitude to achieve their projections.

He is of a view that the players must be serious in every match they will play at Egypt 2019, as each game will count for a ot in deciding which of the lot going to The Land of The Pharaohs lifts the trophy at the end.

Omeruo declared: “I think we have what it takes to win AFCON. We have a good team. We will take every game as it comes with the seriousness it deserves.”

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