My Parents Convinced Me to Accept 1998 World Cup Invite – Rufai

My Parents Convinced Me to Accept 1998 World Cup Invite – Rufai

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has revealed he consulted his parents before opting to accept the invitation to feature at the 1998 World Cup.

Rufai said it was the toughest decision he had to make because of the circumstances around the team at the time and his personal form.

 


The goalkeeper admits he wasn’t in his best element when the invitation came, but realized their was mountain on the fire and so decided to do the patriotic thing.

 

Then Super Eagles Coach, Bora Milutinović had a goalkeeping crisis when his first choice got injured a few weeks before the kick off the of tournament in France.

 

Rufai who had been away from national team duties and in the twilight of his club career was summoned three weeks before Nigeria’s first game against Spain.

 

‘I will never regret putting on the national colors or turn down an invitation to play for the national team.

 

‘But on this occasion, there were a lot of things at stake and it was a dilemma for me, so, I called my parents.

 

‘ I asked them what I should do. They simply told me to Obey before Complain.’

 

Nigeria went on to progress from the group defeating Spain and Bulgaria but lost to Paraguay.

 

The round of 16 match was against Denmark; a game that exposed the weakness of the Eagles and much of it was down to ego and poor form Rufai said Brila FM’s late night show Popular Side.

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