Ex Super Eagles Rufai backs Akpeyi, “He’s Doing Well at the Moment”

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Baghdad Bounedjah of Algeria shooting on goal during the 2019 African Cup of Nations match between Algeria and Nigeria at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt on July 14,2019. (Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Former Nigeria goalkeeper Peter Rufai has thrown his weight behind Daniel Akpeyi following his recent performances for the Super Eagles.

Akpeyi was initially overlooked for Nigeria’s international friendly games against Ukraine and Brazil back in September and October respectively.

 

But he was recalled this month for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Lesotho and Benin Republic after the injury to Francis Uzoho.

 

Akpeyi, 33, was in action for Nigeria in their 2-1 win over Benin in Uyo last Wednesday and in the 4-2 success again Lesotho in Maseru on Sunday.

 

Rufai, who led the country to the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, has now backed the much criticised goalkeeper to continue his improvement with the national team.

 

“In football, you can never say you have overgrown challenges that confront people in your position,” Rufai told www.brila.net.

 

“Goalkeepers cannot overgrow their challenges, Akpeyi is still a good goalkeeper and he is doing well at the moment, training day in and out to show his qualities.

 

“As long as he is playing, he will keep growing and keep showing his qualities.”

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