Nigeria's World Cup campaign will be hinged on the form of its two leading goalkeepers Vincent Enyeama and Austin Ejide, according to legend Peter Rufai.
The Super Eagles are looking to make it past the second round in Brazil, a stage where Rufai took Nigeria twice in his career during the 1994 and 1998 tournaments.
“I can tell you categorically that the goalkeeping department will be key to the Super Eagles campaign in Brazil because Enyeama and Ejide are in the form of their lives. They are good, experienced and dependable,” Rufai told the Vanguard.
“Independently, they are fantastic goalkeepers. Both of them have been to the World Cup. It is not something I can sentimentally say it is Ejide or Enyeama. It all depends on current form. The form they will show will determine who I choose as number one.”
Incidentally, the goalkeeping coach of the Super Eagles is Ike Shorunmu, the man that Rufai handedd over to after his retirement. Rufai has some measure of confidence in him.
“Ike Shorunmu was a first grade goalkeeper and he has been doing a lot to keep these guys in top shape whenever they are in the national camp. I believe the three weeks or so they will work together before the World Cup will be crucial.”