The former Deportivo La Coruna player who was in goal for the Nigerian team that lost 2-1 to the Albiceleste at the USA '94 World Cup also believes that the big names in the Argentine squad don’t scare Stephen Keshi's players.
Nigeria have since lost thrice to the South Americans at the World Cup.
“This time that jinx is going to be broken. This is the inspiration or motivation for the Super Eagles to crush them this time around,” Rufai told CompleteSports.
“It has reached a point Nigeria can look Argentina in the face and tell them enough is enough. You remember that Stephen Keshi was captain of the Super Eagles in 1994 when Argentina defeated?
“Now Keshi is the coach of Eagles and he must have learned as a player how and why we lost in 1994 so he will put the experiences together. Mikel will look at Lionel Messi in the face and tell him that, man this is our own time. So I believe that jinx is gonna end in Brazil.”
He predicted at least a quarter final finish for the team.
“First I see them going beyond the group stage. Then I foresee them reaching the quarter finals and if they keep their heads low and cool they can get to the semi final as well and when they get to the semi final, who knows, anything can happen, you never can tell.”