We pray nothing happens to Enyeama – Rufai

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SUDDENLY, the raging optimism of the Super
Eagles winning the World Cup in Brazil hit all time
low on Wednesday after their 2-2 draw with
Scotland at the Craven Cottage, London.
The Super Eagles came from behind twice to force
the Tartan Army to a 2-2 draw after goals by
Charlie Mulgrew and Azubuike Egwuekwe’s own
goal were denied victory by substitute Uche
Nwofor’s stoppage-time strike.
Ex-international, Peter Rufai who reviewed the
match yesterday with special focus on goalkeeper
Austine Ejide prayed that nothing happens to
number one goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama at the
World Cup to warrant the coaches calling Ejide to
duty for the Eagles.
‘’We pray that nothing happens to Enyeama to
warrant a change’’, Rufai said at ‘’We are Brazil’’
conference by Supersport in Lagos yesterday.
Ejide, who before his calamitous outing on
Wednesday had been rated higher than Vincent
Enyeama put up a below average performance that
at one point, he palmed the ball into his own net
with Scotland 1-0 ahead in the first-half. Thanks to
referee Lee Probert who disallowed the goal for a
supposed push.
Apparently not wanting to crucify the goalkeeper,
Rufai pleaded for time assuring that ‘’there is no
cause for alarm’’.
‘’It happens in football. Ejide is a fine goalkeeper.
All goalkeepers go through that at one stage or the
other’’, Rufai said recalling how jittery he used to
be when called to take over from number one
goalkeepers in his club.
Also looking at the Super Eagles opponents in the
World Cup, Rufai confessed that he dreaded
meeting Argentina in his days. ‘’Argentina play
different football from what obtains in Europe. They
always have outstanding players who move zig-
zag to confuse their opponents.
‘’Once they hold the ball, they will come to you in
a zig-zag formation. I will be marshalling orders to
the defenders but those ones will be confused
because they move in a zig-zag formation’’, he
said to a sporadic laughter.
But he noted that coach Stephen Keshi was up to
their tricks in the World Cup in Brazil. Nigeria will
face Iran, Bosnia-Hezergovina before their last
match with Argentina in the group games.

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