Ambrose: With team work, we can compete with Spain and Uruguay

The Celtic defender believes the Super Eagles stand a chance if they play for each other in Brazil against the more fancied European and South American champions

Efe Ambrose is a Nations Cup winner and a double winner with Celtic and was part of the Celtic team that defeated Barcelona 1-0 in the Champions League. The versatile defender believes the Super Eagles stand a chance against Spain at the Confederations Cup.

The Super Eagles open against Tahiti on Monday before ties with Uruguay and Spain.

“The most important thing of all for us is to focus on this match (against Tahiti). It is a match we know we need to win and, to do that, we need to be fully concentrated,” Ambrose told

“We cannot afford to take any chances. Big shocks have happened before in these kinds of tournaments and we don’t want to be the victims this time. We know we need to get the three points to give ourselves a good chance of qualifying for the next stage.”

Ambrose also spoke about the need for team work in the Super Eagles to stand any chance against the likes of Uruguay and Spain.

“I think that game was a lesson for everyone. It proved exactly what I said about football being all about teamwork and playing together as one,” Ambrose added to

“No-one gave us a chance against a team with Messi, Iniesta, Xavi and all the rest. Barcelona are special, and so are Spain. But Celtic proved it can be done; that these teams can be beaten.

“If Nigeria can do the same – play as a team, stay united – we have a chance in any match we play. We are the best team in Africa and I think there is no reason for us to fear anyone.

Nigeria start their second ever campaign at the Confederations Cup on Monday against Tahiti, play Uruguay on June 20 and finish their group matches against World Champions, Spain on June 23.