Although he’s only 24, Efe Ambrose has grown into one of the stalwarts of the Nigerian defensive line, usually taking up the role of right back. However, he’s a versatile player, able to cover in the centre of defence as well as in defensive midfield.

 

For coach Stephen Keshi he has filled the role of aggressive full-back surging forward down the flank to offer options in attack, but he is athletic enough to cover back and control opposing wing play as he showed at this years CAF Africa Cup of Nations, where he was named to the team of the tournament.

 

He was a vital figure for the Super Eagles en route to their third continental title, and he got stronger as the event wore on after being sent off in the opener. Ambrose has gained valuable experience as a member of the Nigerian teams at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and at the Olympic Football Tournament in 2008.

 

He has also benefited greatly from top European club and UEFA Champions League experience since joining Celtic in Scotland prior to the 2012 season. He is rated so highly by club boss Neil Lennon that he was immediately inserted into the Hoops' UEFA Champions League line-up just three days after winning the Cup of Nations in February.