Rufai - I’m Not Scared About Super Eagles 'Goalkeeping Problem'
Based on the country’s population, Nigerians should not be losing sleep over the injury to Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme and his unavailability for the 2019 Afcon qualifiers.
But then, with the supposed return of Vincent Enyeama looking like a pipe dream, perhaps worrying is not out of place when you are about to face African champions, Cameroon.
While the fans struggle with the thought of losing the forthcoming friendlies and qualifiers, one man is not worried.
He is Peter Rufai, the Super Eagles’ one-time safe hands who spoke to Bounce News exclusively on Wednesday at the grand finale of the second edition of the Radio One Sports Fiesta which held at the Campos mini stadium in Lagos island.
“I am not scared about the Super Eagles goalkeeping position. Yes, it is true that these players are out due to injury but that is not to say we don’t have goalkeepers that can replace them.
“There might be differences in the sense that we will be seeing somebody different in the goal that is for sure but that will not be a defect for the team,” he said.
For a moment one would wonder where Rufai’s confidence came from, considering he cannot possibly come out of retirement to save the day but then he said his confidence is in the technical crew.
“Nigeria is big enough and blessed with talents. The goalkeeping crew of the Super Eagles are sound and solid.
“Alloy Agu, who used to be my colleague, is there. I know him as a safe hand and when it comes to competence, I’m very sure there is no cause for alarm,” he said.
Dodo Mayana, as he is fondly called, competed professionally in Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, in a senior career that lasted 20 years.
He was one of the special guests at the sports competition which saw secondary schools across Lagos compete for honours in football and athletics.
Nigerian Olympian, Chioma Ajunwa, and NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi were also among the top shots at the event.
Unfortunately, goalkeeping talents discovered at the event are not ripe enough to solve the problem before Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr.