Italian football legend Roberto Baggio has tendered an apology to Nigeria’s Peter Rufai, 23 years after scoring against him.
The former Juventus attacker netted the two goals that eliminated Nigeria from its first World Cup appearance in 1994.
Nigeria Super Eagles led for most part of the game until 89th minutes when Roberto Baggio equalized for the Azzurris. Baggio completed his brace from the spot after Nigeria defender Austin Eguavoen brought down Daniele Pasaro.
Retired Nigeria goalkeeper Peter Rufai who is one of the Nigerians invited for the Star Sixes tournament for legends, at the O2 Arena in London spoke to Sky Sports Italia recalling the 94 match.
“I still remember that experience of the 94 World Cup, but all the same you remain one of my favourite players,” said Ruffai in a video message on Sky Sport Italia.
“I always appreciated Baggio’s discipline and character, both on and off the pitch.I hope to meet him one day, you never can tell, but he remain one of my legends. Keep it going and I wish you all the best.
“Am not angry he scored me in the ’94 World Cup, I’ll tell you something, that was a beautiful goal he scored! Well done,” Rufai said.
Baggio, on his part said: “Wow, I thank you. And I apologise for scoring past you in ’94,” he said.
After eliminating Nigeria, Italy went all the way to the final before losing to Brazil via penalties.