Ex international, Peter Rufai has kicked against the invitation of Fortuna Dusseldorf II goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye to the Super Eagles camp ahead of the international friendly game against Ukraine.
Okoye was named among the 22 players that Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr invited for the game and also the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Squirrels of Benin in November.
However, the 1994 AFCON winning goalkeeper, told Soccernet.ng that Rohr should have invited players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) than inviting the youngster.
“I am not practically against the invitation of Maduka Okoye to the Super Eagles. However, I feel that Gernot Rohr should have extended his tentacles to the NPFL considering the fact that we have a better goalkeeper in the league.
“I found a product of the Nigerian League and many other gaolkeepers like that but my point of the argument is that Rohr should have broadened his scope of discovery young goalkeepers in the league than inviting Okoye.
Rufai earned 65 caps for Nigeria, and represented the nation at two FIFA World Cups, always as starter: 1994 (Nigeria’s first ever appearance, where he also acted as captain) and 1998, also helping the Super Eagleswin the 1994 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia.