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Pray for Eagles, Rufai urges Nigerians

Peter Rufai

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Former national team goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has said that the Super Eagles chances of making it beyond the second round at the 2018 World Cup in Russia depends on the style adopted by Coach Gernot Rohr.

Rufai, who spoke at the press conference held to usher in the Chrisland Schools Easter Coaching Clinic, stated that Nigerians should pray for the team to have a good World Cup which would propel the team to better its second round finish at the Mundial.

He noted that a lot of things have gone wrong in the past, which is affecting the performances of the national teams.

“Thing have gone bad in the past so we can’t just wake up and hope that things we start working well. A lot of elements are put into the successes recorded by major teams and nations at major competitions. A structure that will aid the development of the game has to be put in place as well as have data base for players, which will make monitoring easy,” he added.

According to him, the team is on the right track by playing friendly games in different part of the world thereby getting used to different styles of play and climatic conditions.

“I think the team is doing what it ought to do by playing friendly matches. The team has been preparing well and we will all agree that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has done well by organizing friendly games for the team in different parts of the world that will enable the Eagles grab different experiences.”

“The coach and his crew will also be able to design a tactical formation that will benefit the team,” Rufai added.

While noting that who becomes the Eagles’ first choice at the World Cup is still open, he, however, said that the Rohr knows his first choice despite the problem witnessed in the position in recent times.

“Rohr sent one of his coaches to monitor to the progress of Francis Uzoho in Spain and he has been sending his other assistants to some see some other players. I am aware that he has sent message to Vincent Enyeama who has ruled himself out of the team.

“I was worried that Enyeama was not coming back but since he has said his time with the team is up I believe the number one spot is open to Uzoh, Daniel Akepyi, Ikechukwu Ezinwa and Dele Ajiboye.

“The problem we are having in putting a team together is because we have not been able to sustain the giant stride we have made. Now we are paying the prize of not doing our home-work many years ago.

To us it might be dangerous that we do not know our first choice goallkeeper, but the truth is Rohr knows his number one,” Rufai added.

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