Muhammad Gambo is one of several Nigerian-based players that Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has called up for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. However, unlike most of the other locally-based players, Gambo is not a talented youngster embarking on his career, but a seasoned professional, who has spent several seasons campaigning in the Nigerian top flight. The 25-year-old also brings the experience of playing in the CAF Champions League with him, having advanced to the semi-finals with Kano Pillars in 2009.

 

The Kano captain last year seemed close to moving to Turkey, but the transfer fell through in the end. It is not something that causes him great consternation. "I don’t want to rush anything, when it is time I will go and play in Europe." Gambo was first called up to the Super Eagles in 2010 but the matches were cancelled and he had to wait on the sidelines until he was given the nod by Keshi recently for Nigeria's friendly against Mexico, two 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers as well as the Confederations Cup.

 

The tournament provides Gambo with an opportunity to play in the country of his idol, Ronaldo. "I want to be like Ronaldo of Brazil. He is my role model. It will be great to be like him. I want to make a name for myself as he did," he recently told journalists.