Hero Spirit of 94: Nigeria Goalkeepers

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    #1 Peter Rufai

    For some, Rufai is Nigeria’s finest goalkeeper ever. A trailblazer, he was one of the first Nigerian goalkeepers to play in Europe, when he joined Belgian side Lokeren in 1986. His international career spanned 15 years, and he captained Nigeria at world football’s biggest showpiece.

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    #2 Alloy Agu

    Now a part of the national side as goalkeeper coach, he served with distinction as first choice between the sticks at two African championships, winning silver and bronze medals. Led a pair of excellent back-ups to Rufai in 1994.
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    #3 Wilfred Agbonavbare

    Now deceased, Agbonavbare is considered a club legend at Spanish side Rayo Vallecano, with whom he spent six years. He was in goal as Nigeria secured a place for the first time ever at the world’s greatest sporting event with a vital draw in Algeria.
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