The defender has received two yellow cards against Namibia and Malawi and is automatically suspended for the next match
Efe Ambrose, the Israel-based Super Eagles defender will serve a suspension in the next match of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil qualifying campaign against Kenya on account of the two yellow cards he got in the first two matches of the qualifying series against Namibia and Malawi though he will be available against Rwanda this weekend.
This information was confirmed by Musa Amadu, General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Sunday.
Ambrose played against Namibia in Calabar on June 3 in the opening match-day and in the second game against Malawi on June 9, in Blantyre. He was booked in the 89th minute against the Brave Warriors while he got booked in the 80th minute of the Blantyre game playing as the right-sided defender.
According to the competition’s rules, the FC Ashdod player will now miss the team’s next game in the competition but he is available for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda this weekend in Calabar.
“Ambrose will miss a match as a result of the competition’s rules, and this is in the World Cup qualifiers and not the Nations Cup qualifiers,” said Amadu.
“So, he is going to miss the Nigeria/Kenya match of March 22, 2013, and not the Nigeria/Rwanda match of June 16 in Calabar,’’ Amadu added.
Ambrose on his part was sad about the development but is confident that his team mates will get the job done in his absence.
“It is not easy to be ruled out of a game as a result of cards. It makes some game followers to view you as a bad player,” said Ambrose.
“However, my major worry is not being available to help the team, even though I am confident and assured of my teammates’ capabilities.
“I am sure I will not be missed, even though I am not happy at it at all. But I wish the team well and will be around to lend support from the side-lines,’’ he said.