By; AYO OJEDKUN, Lagos
As the Super Eagles prepare for their double -header AFCON qualifier against the Mediterranean Knights of Libya, former national team goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has predicted victory for the Coach Gernot Rohr handled side.
The Super Eagles will on Saturday October 13 host the Libyans in Uyo with the reverse fixture coming up after few days in Tunisia.
Libya tops Group E with four points from two games while Super Eagles sit in third place with three points.
The Bafana Bafana of South Africa are ahead of the Eagles with one point as all three teams can still qualify for the AFCON finals in Cameroon.
In an interview with New Nigerian Sports in Lagos recently, Rufai noted that Libya has never been a threat to Nigeria and as such will be subdued by the Eagles in the two encounters.
According to him, Super Eagles have quality players that can beat their opponent home and away and stand a chance of hoisting the country’s flag in Cameroon next year.
” I ‘ m optimistic that the present crop of Super Eagles have the pedigree to beat Libya not only in Uyo but in Tunisia in the reverse fixture”former Depprtivo LA Corona safe hands.
” When you check the records, Libya has never beaten Nigeria in competitive football and I know the story won’t be different this time. And when you look at their last game against South Africa, they were not fantastic. All that is needed is for out players to be focused and take their chances”, noted the former Stationery Stores of Lagos and AS Dragon of Benin Republic stopper.
On fears in some quarters that the Super Eagles might not find it easy in the second leg in Tunisia, Rufai who manned the post for Nigeria at USA 94 and France 98 World Cups, noted that although Libya will feel at home playing in Tunisia but was quick to add that the Nigerians understands what is at stake and will not allow their North African counterparts have it easy in Tunisia.
” My happiness is that we have the players and technical crew who understands the implication of losing any game at this stage of the qualifier.
“You know we’ ve not been at the last two AFCON finals and I expect the players to put in their best not only in Uyo but in Tunisia to ensure they garner the maximum points and displace both Libya and South Africa on the table”, concluded the one time K.S.K Lokeren of Belgium keeper.”