Rufai: I’m Still Pained By Eagles AFCON Miss

Rufai: I’m Still Pained By Eagles AFCON Miss

–Ex-Nigeria captain sees better future following NFF reforms

Former Nigeria goalkeeper, Peter Rufai says he’s still in pains over Super Eagles inability to qualify for the 2015 Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea.


“One would say there’s no need crying over spilt milk but Nigeria not participating in next year’s AFCON is too bitter a pill for me to swallow”, laments Dodo Mayana.

“We’re giants of Africa, the world knows that, we’re the AFCON defending champions but not even qualifying to go and defend it is a big disappointment and it is too hard for me to take”.
Rufai who is the chief executive of Staruf Academy pointed out blankly that everything went wrong in the qualifying series starting from the first game against Congo.


“Everything went wrong right from the first game we lost (3-2) to Congo. You see when God delivers your enemy into your hands and you fail to take the advantage, when do you hope to nail him, when he frees himself?”, Dodo Mayana queried rhetorically.

The former Stationary Stores captain believes there is still a ray of light at the dark end of the tunnel.

“The way out is what NFF is doing right now. Putting the right people in the right places.
“Trying to get new ways of doing things like sending referees and coaches, some of them ex-internationals to Europe to learn how to get these things done properly.”

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