‘We’ll respect every country in our group’ – Efe Ambrose

The Nigerian believes the Super Eagles will not underrate any of their group opponent at the 2014 Fifa World Cup
Celtic and Nigeria defender Efe Ambrose has said the Eagles will go to the 2014 World Cup with no fear after the draws placed the Super Eagles against Argentina, Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina in Group F.

“To be the best, you have to beat the best. In football everything is possible, and it’s time for Africa to step up. Nobody knows – maybe it’s time for Africa to win the World Cup,” Efe told his club's officiual website.  

“Our group is fair, We’ll respect every country that we play in the World Cup. Everybody could qualify from that group. It’s football so you can’t write anybody off.

“Now we’ll just make sure that we’re prepared for the tournament so that we know our game-plan and are focused for when it begins.”

On the prospect of facing Lionel Messi during the Mundial, the Africa Cup of Nations winner believes Argentina is not all about the Barcelona star and insisted Nigeria will compete well with other countries in the group.

 “Messi is the best in the world, but it’s not just him. We’re playing Argentina and they have good players but we’re the African champions, and we’ll compete well, against Argentina, Bosnia and Iran.

“I just want to play and enjoy it when I play, whether it is Argentina or if it was Brazil or Spain, or any country. To be the best you have to beat the best, and to win the World Cup you have to beat the best, so I hope we can have a good World Cup,” he added.

Ambrose was in the Olympic team that was beaten 1-0 by Argentinal in the final of the football event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.