AFCON Qualifier: Rufai backs Ikeme to save Eagles


Former Super Eagles  keeper, Peter Rufai said present first choice, Carl Ikeme has quality to keep the national team in the game, when they play against Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.Rufai who acquired legend status with the Super Eagles said with Vincent Enyeama refusing to return to the team, it was up to Ikeme to step up and seize the moment. “I sincerely believe that whoever called Ikeme into the team must have done an evaluation of his abilities. And based on this the goalkeeper will definitely do very well, he is a good goalkeeper,” Rufai told footballlive.ng He added that coach Samson Siasia and his assistants will guide the team to qualification. “I am sure and confident Samson Siasia would do well. Now we should be concerned with the Egyptian match. If that match is taken out and we sail through we can begin to talk about consistency within the team.” Ikeme who was second choice keeper in his club has won his place back in Wolverhampton struggling to gain promotion to the English Premier League. “I’ve tried to seize my opportunity,” he said. “I felt even when I wasn’t playing I kept my professionalism which was important. “It’s easy to drift when you’re not playing and feel sorry for yourself and blame everyone else. “I kept to myself and kept going, trained hard every day like I would if I was playing and always believed if I got my chance I could perform. At the minute it’s going okay.”