Efe Ambrose hails unbelievable Emenike in Champions League game

The Celtic defender says his compatriot played with incredible pace in Tuesday’s game in Moscow as he also prepares to play for the Super Eagles against Liberia


Celtic and Super Eagles defender, Efe Ambrose has told Goal.com that he was surprised at the electrifying performance of Spartak Moscow forward Emmanuel Emenike despite losing 3-2 at home to his Scottish club in Tuesday’s Uefa Champions League second Group G match.

The Scottish champions are now second in Group G with four points from two matches, two points behind leaders Barcelona while Benfica are third with a point. Spartak are bottom without any points.

“Emenike was something else in the match and I couldn’t believe the pace at which he ran at our defence. He was a threat throughout the match but I am happy that we were able to come back and win the game,” Ambrose told Goal.com via telephone.

The gangling Celtic central defender who is fast settling down as a first team player, however, defended his failure to stop his Eagles’ teammate on his way to scoring the first goal for the host team.

“You could see that I tried to chase him, at first I wanted to intercept the ball but I realized he was in a dangerous position in the box and he eventually slotted the ball home. You could see that our defence line came alive after the second goal and were able to hold Spartak’s attack line after their second till the end of the match. I sincerely believe I did not perform badly in a match I played my first ever full game for my new club. I hope this is the beginning of many good things to come,” Ambrose promised.

He also disclosed that he and Emenike are in a good form to play for Eagles in the Africa Cup of Nations battle against Liberia on October 13.

 “We still have league matches to play this weekend and I believe this will further make us very fit and ready for the Liberia match. The match as we all know is a must win for us and we won’t disappoint Mr President (Jonathan Goodluck) and the soccer loving Nigerians,” he vowed.   

“I should be in Nigeria Monday night by the special grace of God since we have a league match on Saturday. But I will hit Calabar camp Tuesday morning”, Ambrose said.