ERSTWHILE Super Eagles goaltender, Peter Rufail is still miffed at the manner Nigeria Football Federation is going about the hiring of a foreign coach to replace Amodu Shuaibu and make an impact in the World Cup in South Africa.
Rufai known as ‘Dodo Mayana’ in his hey days in the Green Eagles when he made goalkeeping envious was close to tears when he talked about the Eagles and those who run the game in Nigeria. “I can’t believe that Nigeria, giant of Africa is the one closing in on one Shehata from Egypt”, Rufai still looking good said in Lagos.
“I find it difficult that we have gotten to the level of wanting a coach from another African country. Itâ€™s a shame. I remember that Nigeria at a time was looked up to by other African countries. Today, we are talking to one Shehata from Egyptâ€, Rufai said shaking his head in disbelief and at the level of rot that has seen Nigerian football go down the valley.
â€œWhen a goalkeeper concedes a goal, only very few people know that it is not the fault of the goalkeeper. Majority blame the goalkeeper. The truth is that the mistake could come from a defender or from the midfielder.
That is exactly what is happening with Nigerian football. Many people put the blame squarely on the players or the coach while the truth is that the blame should be on those managing, Nigeria Football Association.
We are behind in preparation for the World Cup. And I wonder what we can do in the World Cup. There is no coach that can save us in the World Cup. It is late and I am disappointed with those who manage the Eaglesâ€, Rufai said.