BY GEORGE ALUO
FORMER Super Eagles first choice keeper, Peter Rufai has given an insight into how the team could survive the double header against the Pharaohs of Egypt next month and land in Gabon for the AFCON 2017 tournament.
Dodo Mayana, as the former safe hand is fondly called by admirers, told Daily Sunsports yesterday in a telephone chat that the Eagles must approach the two legged ties with total commitment and the usual never-say-die Nigerian fighting spirit.
“The match against Egypt is the kind of game we would love to play in our days. That is the kind of match we played in our days with total commitment. And for the present Eagles to win, they must be ready to “die” on the pitch both here in Kaduna and Cairo. The players must come out fighting, play with total commitment. They must put the issue of money behind and play for the country. The players should realize that Nigeria can not afford to miss out of the Nations Cup back to back. If they have this at the back of their minds, we will definitely beat Egypt.”
Continuing, Rufai pointed out that Sunday Oliseh as coach, can not go into the pitch to play, even as he urged Nigerians to support him.
“A coach only relies on his players to get the job done on the field. I am sure Oliseh will do his job well, it behooves on the players to get the job done on the pitch. The players should be ready to play their part. If we all play our roles well, including giving the team the needed support, there is no way Egypt wont fall home and away,” Rufai said.
Rufai stressed that there was no time he wrote off Oliseh and his boys ahead of the all-important clash against Egypt.
In his words: “There was no time I said Oliseh cant lead the Eagles to qualify for Gabon 2017. I am confident he can get the job done, especially if all Nigerians rally round him and the team.”