By Jacob Ajom
Former Nigerianinternational, Peter Rufai, has said that Nigeria lost to Egypt because the players lost focus.
â€œOh! my brother,â€ Rufai started, in a telephone chat with Sports Vanguard, Wednesday morning, while reacting to Eagles defeat in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.
Peter Rufai, who was Nigeriaâ€™s number one goalkeeper to USA â€˜94 and France â€˜98 World Cup, said the Nigerian players lost focus because they allowed the Egyptians to beat them through counter-attacks. â€œIt did not matter what tactics or system coach Amodu wanted to apply.
I expected the players to have resolved to play to win. I expected them to play like true professionals, like businessmen, But they failed because they failed to programme themselves.â€
Rufai, who was fondly called Dodomayana in his active days, said the players were not programmed because there was no structure.
â€œIf we say we are aiming at the semi-final we should programme ourselves towards that target. Before that match, I advised that we se must be focussed and determined but what did we see?â€
Rufai said he was particularly sad over the score line which he said was a disaster, adding that coach Shaibu Amodu should have done better.
â€œWe played well in the first half. I expected the coach to have instructed them to up their game; instead, they were slowing down the game which gave the Egyptians room to play their game.â€