Nigeria’s goalkeeper Bobo Stanley Nwabili (R) watches as the ball hits the net after a goal by Mexico’s Hector Herrera during a friendly football match between Mexico and Nigeria in July 3, 2021 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Peter Rufai believes the move by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to organize more friendly games for the Home-Based Eagles will help build a solid understanding among the players.
Recall that the Home Based team lost 4-0 to Mexico in an international friendly game in the US on July 4.
The game was the first time the Home Based team will be playing against a grade ‘A’ friendly in the last year.
Although the players received knocks for their poor performance, however, Rufai in a chat with Completesports said that the team must have learn a lot from the Mexico game.
‘Dodomayana’ as he was fondly called during his playing days, urged NFF and coaching crew to prepare the team early enough before any game.
He also commended NFF’s effort to organize more friendly games for the Home-Based team, a move he believed will help build the confidence of the players.
“I won’t be too quick to judge the Home-Based Eagles performance against Mexico due to the fact that the players had limited time to prepare for the game. However, I am sure the players must have learnt one of two lessons from the game.
” Basically, I think the NFF and coaching staff must ensure that they prepare the team early enough before any game so that the players can get to understand themselves better before match day proper.
“I am really delighted that the NFF have announced more friendly game for the Home-Based Eagles because it will help us to have an easy replacement for the foreign-based players in the Super Eagles.”