Efe Ambrose has warned the Super Eagles not to underestimate any of their group opponents at the forthcoming Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Nigeria will face Burundi, Guinea and Madagascar in Group B of the 32nd edition of the AFCON and many soccer fans are expecting the Eagles to advance easily.
Ambrose, a member of the 2013 AFCON winning squad, however, issued words of caution when looking ahead to the tournament which kicks-off on Friday, stating that the Eagles must pay attention to small details, adding they will likely improve under their new boss.
“African football, it’s always a different thing altogether,” Ambrose told Sports Extra.
“But I think they (Eagles) have the quality to do better. They will have to improve in every department.
“Many people think that the draw is good because Burundi and Madagascar are debutants but they still have a very good team. They proved that by qualifying for the tournament and can frustrate us by playing very deep.
“They have decent players in the team now, so they will be motivated to play well, to win matches, and with this, they can pose a lot of difficulties.”
Ambrose, also x-rayed Gernot Rohr’s squad list, insisting they can match the 2013 feat if they stay united as a group.
“We have so many players making their debut at the tournament and so many things can happen but I’m backing them top equal our feat by winning the AFCON again after missing out on two editions.
Ambrose also added that Mikel Obi’s return to the team will boost to the chance of the Eagles winning the AFCON.
“Mikel is the captain and also a leader in the team, he has also seen it all so his experience will be very crucial for the Super Eagles,” Ambrose told Goal.
“There are so many players in the squad who are playing the competition for the first time, so Mikel’s presence will help propel them to give their best.
Ambrose also rejected the ‘inexperienced’ tag placed on the team, insisting that the Eagles have the desire to challenge any country when the competition gets underway.
“In 2013, no one gave us a chance because people felt we were inexperienced,” he continued.
“I believe this squad has got the belief, zeal, passion and hunger and will be hoping to repeat our feat in South Africa.