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World Cup: Lewandowski’ll bring out the best in Eagles — Rufai

As the countdown begins for Nigeria’s clash later this month in what is the first of the six pre-World Cup friendly matches lined out for the Super Eagles, former goalkeeper, Peter Rufai wishes that the Polish side will feature their iconic striker, Robert Lewandowski.


Lewandowski is a striker of Bundesliga side, Bayern Munich and is also the captain of the Poland national team.

Rufai, Nigeria’s first goalkeeper at the World Cup and one with a long tenure guiding Nigeria’s goal area said that the World Cup-bound Super Eagles need such highly rated opposing players to tune up for possible difficult challenges in June.

He remarked that Lewandowski’s skills and work rate will help strengthen the experimental Nigerian goalkeepers’ confidence.

“Coach Gernot Rohr’s 23 man list is good enough to challenge any opponent. I am only concerned about the goalkeeping department of the game.

“It is glaring the Polish are blessed with fantastic strikers and top among them is Robert Lewandowski who knows how and when to face the goalkeepers.

“I wish he features against the Super Eagles because I see his presence as fostering  the kind of challenges Nigeria’s defence will face at Russia 2018 and also  capable of bringing out the best in our goalkeepers.

“During my days. I faced great challenges stopping the likes of Spanish legend, Raul Gonzales, Roberto Baggio of Italy, Hristo Stoichkov of Bulgaria and host of others.


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