SUPER Eagles former Captain, Peter Rufai, who slumped and fell into coma for about eight hours on Monday evening, has regained consciousness.
Rufai slumped in his office in Lagos on Monday and was rushed to a hospital unconscious.
A member of his family, Bruce Rufai, told The Guardian yesterday that the former Femo Scorpions of Eruwa goal-tender was recuperating.
“He has started speaking, but we cannot allow you to talk to him because he needs to rest,” Bruce said.
Rufai recently conducted a Milo Under-13 football clinic involving children from the South-East region in Owerri, but a source close to the USA 1994 star said the Stationery Stores of Lagos former captain has not fully recovered from the shock of his mother’s death.
“We have told him to move on with his life after the burial of his mother, but it seems his closeness to the woman is a big burden on him,” the source stated.
“We hope that he regains his health in full because he has a lot to contribute to the development of Nigerian football.”
Rufai came into prominence in 1982 as one of the first batch of players assembled by Coach Adegboye Onigbinde, who was then rebuilding the national team after the team’s failure to qualify for the Espana 1982 World Cup and the ill-fated Libya 1982 African Nations Cup.
He was then playing for the defunct Stationery Stores of Lagos, which he left to join Femo Scorpions in 1985.