Former Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper Peter “Dodo Mayana” Rufai has stated that Stephen Keshi’s boys will excel at the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup. Rufai who was in goal throughout Eagles campaign at the USA ’94 and France ’98 says he confident that Eagles will stun the world given the level of confidence Keshi has injected into his wards both the foreign based and the local boys.
“I am sure Eagles will do well in Brazil,” begins Rufai who now handles the Milo Future Champions Academy sponsored by Nestle Foods. “The confidence of the team is growing and there is healthy competition for shirts in the team. One good thing about the team at the moment is that the local boys are really keeping their foreign-based counterparts on the edge in the shirt war. No one wants to be dropped again. That is the beauty of it all,” he added
Rufai cautioned that Iran and Bosnia Herzegovina are no pushovers hence Eagles must roll up their sleeves to battle their group opponents in the course of seeking the maximum points from each game. Says he, “I won’t go with those who see Iran and Bosnia as weak teams. There are no minnows in football any longer more so, all 32 teams that qualify for the World Cup are as good as champions. Therefore, I will want Eagles to approach every game as if it is a cup final. That is the only way they can excel. Like I said earlier I trust this team under Keshi but they must not underrate any opposition. We also need to support the team morally. On the part of the NFF, they must expose the team to several grade A friendlies to keep it in shape. I am glad that Keshi has been given the privilege to pick his camp in Brazil. It shows that the NFF is really ready to support the team and Keshi to ensure success comes at the end of the tournament in July 2014.”