Exclusive: Friendlies: Inclusion Of Eight Home Based Players, Good Omen For Super Eagles –Rufai

Exclusive: Friendlies: Inclusion Of Eight Home Based Players, Good Omen For Super Eagles –Rufai

Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has lauded the inclusion of six home based players to the Super Eagles that will confront Ecuador and Mexico in an international friendly games.

Recall that on Tuesday head coach, Salisu Yusuf opted to invite several new players to the team for the games.

The Super Eagles squad released has a mix of foreign based players and talent from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Notable on the list of the NPFL players are goalkeepers Adewale Adeyinka and Ojo Olorunleke, defender Ibrahim Buhari, and forwards Victor Mbaoma and Ishaq Rafiu.

Others are Chiamaka Madu, Babatunde Afeez Nosiru, and Isa Ali.


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The three–time African champions will clash with CONCACAF powerhouse Mexico at the AT & T Stadium in Dallas, State of Texas on Saturday, 28th May, before flying to New Jersey to tackle Ecuador at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison on Thursday, 2nd June.

Reacting to the development, the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner told Completesports.com in an interview that the Salisu-led technical crew has done well in including players from the NPFL to the Super Eagles for the games against Mexico and Ecuador.

He also believed it will help not just to motivate the players but to improve the standard of the league in every aspect.

“The invitation of eight Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) players to the Super Eagles squad that will face Ecuador and Mexico is a good omen as far as football is concern in the country,” Rufai, a former member of the Super Eagles that won 1994 AFCON title told Completesports.com.

” This will also boast the confidence of the players and encourage them to put more efforts in their game.

“There is no doubt that we have quality players in the league and I am really impressed with this development.”


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