BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Much-maligned Celtic defender Efe Ambrose has banked a £13,000 reward for his stunning goal for Nigeria against Swaziland.
The 27-year-old’s converted a superb volley to secure a 2-0 win over the African minnows on Tuesday night and send the Super Eagles into the group stage of World Cup 2018 qualification.
However, there was an added bonus for Ambrose and fellow goalscorer, Moses Simon, who both collected a five-figure bounty for finding the net in the crucial qualifier.
The $20,000 (£13,000) incentive for each goalscorer was announced by River State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, during a visit to Nigeria training earlier this week – and Ambrose duly delivered on match-day.
Ambrose has endured a chequered campaign for the Hoops this term, including a disastrous showing as Celtic threw away a 2-0 lead against Fenerbahce in the Europa League, however he has excelled at international level.
Working under Nigeria legend Sunday Oliseh, he has made the centre-back role his own, helping the Super Eagles to back-to-back clean sheets in the two-legged tie against Swaziland.