Nigeria World Cup star Efe Ambrose joins English Championship side Derby County on a short-term contract

Efe Ambrose has joined English Championship club Derby County on a short-term contract that will run till the end of the season.

The defender penned a deal with the Rams after leaving Scottish club Hibernian last month.

Derby, coached by Frank Lampard, confirmed the signing of the Nigeria international on their official website.

“Derby County’s defensive options have today been enhanced for the rest of the season with the signing of Efe Ambrose, subject to international clearance,” the club announced.

Ambrose, who has been training with the Derby first team in the last few days, bolsters Lampard’s defensive options.

Capped 51 times by Nigeria, the 30-year-old joined Hibernian in 2017 on a two-year deal after seeing out his contract at Celtic, where he had won four Scottish Premiership titles — as well as the Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup.

He was also part of the Hibernian side which won the Scottish Championship title two seasons ago to return to the top flight of Scottish football.

Last season, the 2013 AFCON winner played 45 times in all competitions for Hibernian, as they finished fourth in the table. He remained a regular this season, appearing 24 times, before a clause in his contract saw him move on as a free agent in January 2019.

Speaking after the centre-back was unveiled as a Derby player, Lampard said he was delighted to see the Nigerian join the club.

He said, “We’ve had the chance to take a look at Efe over the last few days and likewise he has been able to see how we work and want to play.

“Efe is an experienced central defender and he gives us another option in that particular area. We’re pleased to welcome him on board for the rest of the season.”