Ex-Super Eagles goaltender, Peter Rufai has opened up on the latest comparison of his France 1998 call-up after retirement with the recent Vincent Enyeama’s probable recall.
The former Deportivo La Coruna of Spain goalkeeper, Rufai spoke to brila.net’s Anthony Bekederemo and expressed his mind on the recent comparison blowing across the media.
Rufai, popularly known as ‘Dodo Mayana’ explained that the 1998 situation was totally different, “as the time factor was a big issue back the heading to France”.
Unlike the situation now, “there’s no issue of urgency”. The team handlers should take their time and do the best thing for the National team.
Enyeama is a great guy, but we are not under any pressure right now to pick a goalie, the young guys can still improve on their game before the world cup in Russia next year” Peter told brila.net.
Rufai argues that Gernot Rohr and his backroom staff can work on whatever crisis exists in the goalkeeping department before June 2018 and supports keeping faith with Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
“1998 and 2018 aren’t the same at all. I was called back just weeks before the tournament, whereas this team still have months to go before the world cup.”
On the question of the cries for the recall of Vincent Enyeama, Rufai insists the Coaches can only work with players they have available and can’t duel with the thoughts of what is not certain.
Rufai earned 65 caps for Nigeria before his retirement after the 1998 World Cup.
The goalkeeper was invited weeks before the World Cup in France because of a lacuna created by injuries and incapable hands.
On his way out of international football, He was recalled by then Coach, Bora Milutinović.
He obliged and the matter has since been a matter of controversy in Nigeria football.