Peter Rufai: World Cup bigger than Francis Uzoho

Francis Uzoho – Rohr looks to have settled for him as No 1 for the World Cup in Russia

Former Super Eagles’ goalie, Peter Rufai, believes the World Cup is bigger than Deportivo La Coruna rookies, Francis Uzoho.

The erstwhile Go Ahead Eagles of Holland star made this assertion in Lagos on Wednesday.

According to him: “Uzoho (Francis) is good and also looks promising in the game.

“He would have been a good choice in the next World Cup as it is not the place for experimenting with any player.

“You must go to the World Cup with the experienced players because your opponents are aware of the weak links in your team and they want to explore it against you.

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“So, we should have waited a little and allow Uzoho grow in order to acquire all the necessary attributes to prepare him for the next Mundial in Qatar.”

Asked about his preferred goalkeeper to man the Super Eagles goal, Rufai opined that Ikechukwu Ezenwa is naturally talented for the role.

He said: “This is not to fault the national team’s manager Gernot Rohr’s choice.

“I know all coaches have what they look out for in the players.

“For me, I would have preferred Ezenwa to be in goal at the World Cup.

“I believe he has better reflexes and confidence as a goalkeeper.”

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Rufai however urged both goalkeepers to move to clubs where they will see action every week in order to keep their place in the national team.

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