Abuja - Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai, on Friday advised coach
Stephen Keshi and his team to focus as they engage the Ethiopian
senior national team on Sunday.
Rufai gave the advice when he visited Mrs Omorede Osifo, the Edo Commissioner for Youths and Sports in Benin on Friday.
He predicted that the match would be tough, and advised Keshi and his
players to avoid any form of distraction from their opponent.
Rufai, who commended the present crops of players in the national
team, said that all they needed to emerge victorious was to remain
"Keshi and the Super Eagles should not consider the Ethiopian team weak since they have come this far.
"The Super Eagles must be careful because the Ethiopians will come
out with all forms of distractions to ensure they win the match.
"Our players and handlers should and must prepare to overcome these
distractions, especially the issue of bumpy pitch,” he said.
Asked in which department of the game he considers the Super Eagles
stronger, Rufai responded: "Football is a team game and one department
does not win a match.
"Presently, the Super Eagles are good in every department of the game, from the coaching crew to the attack,’’ he said.
Osifo appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to increase the match
bonus for the players and coaches in the match against Ethiopia.
"Increased bonus will serve as an encouragement for the team,’’ she
said, and predicted a 3-1 victory in favour of the Super Eagles.