Today is the birthday of former Nigerian goalkeeper, Peter Rufai who turns 52
He made his name as one of Nigeria's best ever goalkeeper; manning in the post in our most glorious era as a footballing country.
Today, football legend, Peter Rufai turns 52-years-old.
Long before he became a hero for Nigeria, Rufai was just a football loving kid from the streets of Lagos.
He started his career with Stationary Stores of Lagos before moving to Femo Scorpions. He later moved abroad, first to Benin Republic in 1986 with AS Dragons FC de l'Ouémé.
In Europe, Rufai played for K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen and K.S.K. Beveren in Belgium, before moving to Go Ahead Eagles in Netherlands.
Rufai also played in Spain with Deportivo de La Coruña and also in Portugal for Gil Vicente FC.
It was however with the Super Eagles that Rufai really made his name.
He made his debut in 1984 and went on make 65 appearances for Nigeria.
His penalty save in Maroc 1988 in the semi-final against Algeria got his name in Nigerian football folklore before he went on to win the 1994 African cup of Nations in Tunisia.
Rufai represented Nigeria at two FIFA World Cup: in US 94 which was Nigeria's first ever appearance and 1998 in France.