Hibernian defender Efe Ambrose says he is not disappointed over by the coach’s decision to ommit his from the 28-man squad released by the Super Eagles for the friendly games against Poland and Serbia later this month.
The South Africa 2013 AFCON winner said he is focused on his team’s crunch Scottish League tie against Hearts on Friday.
Hibernian are with 48 points and are currently 4th on the table from 28 games while Hearts are fifth with 39 points from 29 matches. Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen are in the top three positions with 64, 58 and 52 points respectively.
“We have to further extend the gap between us, because league is a marathon, we must keep pushing to meet those at the top and avoid those coming behind to near us. Hearts are very good, we expect a tough match but we are ready,” Ambrose said.
He added, “I am focused on my club’s games and will keep doing that till I have another opportunity to prove myself in the national team. I have had a great run in the Eagles, I played with most of those in the team now and I even scored as well.
“There are thousand if not millions of players doing well but only few will be invited. I am used to how it works and as I said earlier, I am focused on role at Hibernian.”
Efe Ambrose is harboring the hope of signing permanently for Hibernian FC after winning the Scottish Championship with the club.
The 28-year-old revealed that Hibernian boss Neil Lennon wants him to remain at Easter Road after earning promotion to the top division in Scotland.
Ambrose then spoke in glowing terms of Lennon from their days at Celtic when he signed him from Israeli side FC Ashdod and their reunion at Hibs.
“He wants me to stay here, but we will see what the future holds. My agent will speak to the club and you never know what is going to happen.
“Of course, I’d consider staying with Hibs, because the fans showed me love and I enjoy working for the manager.
“He signed me for Celtic then brought me here. If the offer comes my way it will be hard to turn it down.
“Winning trophies is a plus, but it is about the philosophy of this club and the objectives. That is what motivates me.
“When I came to Hibs and I saw the boys and the structure I was excited to be part of it.
“I am out of contract at Celtic in June. I will go back for the rest of the season and from there you never know what is going to happen,” Ambrose, on loan from Celtic, was quoted by Scottish Sun as saying.
Ambrose joined Hibs on loan in February and went on to play in 10 Championship matches for the Scottish club.