Former Nigeria international goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has said the Super Eagles have what it takes to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Rufai, who was capped 63 times by Nigeria, even stretched the tone of the debate by insisting the current set of 2013 Eagles groomed by Stephen Keshi, is at the same level as the class of 1994 which took Nigeria to its maiden World Cup, under the watch of Dutchman Clemens Westerhof.
Nigeria will host Kenya in Calabar on March 23 in a Group F fixture and Rufai has said he expected the Eagles to consolidate on their recent triumph at the Africa Cup of Nations by reaching Brazil next year.
“They have just demonstrated that they are at par with the set of 1994 by winning the Africa Cup of Nations and it will only be a fair assessment to put them in the same league as our own,” Rufai said.
The former international who played professional football in Belgium, Holland and Portugal and represented Nigeria at two FIFA World Cup finals said that he believed in the competence of Keshi and his crew to get the best out of the players in the World Cup qualifying campaign by blending home-based players with those who ply their trade abroad.
“I want to believe Nigeria will get through to the World Cup in Brazil, though Keshi and his crew will still need to piece some bits together and do some hard work.”