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Eguavoen: Rohr Should Give More Home-Based Players Opportunities In Super Eagles

Eguavoen: Rohr Should Give More Home-Based Players Opportunities In Super Eagles

By Johnny Edward: Former Nigeria coach, Austin Eguavoen, has urged Super Eagles  gaffer, Gernot Rohr, to invite more players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to his squad as he prepares for the 2018 World Cup, Completesportsnigeria.com (CSN) reports.

Rohr called up two home-based  players for the upcoming international friendly matches  against Poland and Serbia, namely; Enyimba goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Akwa United striker, Okechukwu Gabriel. It was Gabriel’s first first senior call up.

‎Al Ahly forward, Junior Ajayi and Nigeria’s CHAN 2018 defender, Stephen Eze also got their first senior national team opportunity in Rohr’s 28-man squad for the friendlies against Poland and Serbia.


The former Super Eagles captain, Eguavoen, believes that the inclusion of new players with quality in  the squad will offer him more options in Rohr’s section process.

“I saw the list and it’s a good one, but I think there should be more players from the league (NPFL) in his squad,” the former Super Eagles captain told CSN.‎

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“Eze was a standout player from (African Nations Championship) CHAN,  so he deserved his place.

“Gabriel Okechukwu is good striker and he posseses a certain unpredictability when playing which could be an asset relatively unknown, and he could spring surprises. Ajayi as well has proved his worth playing for Al Ahly in the continent, but let’s see how they will all fare.”

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  • Agoro Jacob 4 years ago

    The world cup is already near and u still want him to be testing players? Excatlly why Nigeria always fail… We think giving homebased players chance is the answer, but we forgets to understand that adequate preparation leads to good success.
    I expect the old guns to actually be saying, this is the time not to experiment but the guys who made us qualified more time to play with each other and build and better chemistry.

  • Kingmaker 4 years ago

    There are occasions where silence is considered wisdom. Respected Coach Austin Eguaveon should kno when to make serious inputs to keep his reputation.
    Calling for inclusion of more home based players to the SE team 3months to the mundial is not painting a good picture of his knowledge of the game. Is it not the CHAN players we all saw recently, or is he referring to others?
    I take it that it was a political statement which must not be taken seriously by Coach Rohr.
    Please let us be focused & not distract the Coaching crew.

  • Adeyemi Temitope 4 years ago

    I can’t say it any better kingmaker. Austin Eguaveon think everyone is like him. As a player and coach I have not seen good contributions from him but havoc. Did you want me to give examples of him as player or as coach…. No make findings. Bad rubbish! The Only contribution I can give Coach Rohr is is a Talisman as a striker Para venture Ighalo is not performing or for Tactical reasons and I will suggest this boy Oshimen Victor.

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  • Samuel 4 years ago

    Uncle Ogunefon, please stay away from this. No matter how good a local player is, he still need that foreign experience to play at the word level. From U17, U21 or U23 levels, then look for a foreign club and from there you’ll be able to fight and qualify for a shirt at the senior level. Not from Kano pillars or Nasarawa united straight away to the super eagle! There’s no time for nonsense please. World Cup is a serious business. Follow the footsteps of Ndidi, Mikel etc please!

  • This is the reason why home based coaches don’t do well. Is this the right time to test new players? It’s not like the home based players have anything positive to add to the SE.

  • ako amadi 4 years ago

    Austin Eguavoen, the man they call Cerezo! This is the typical Nigerian who does not believe in merit. CAF created CHAN to give African home-based players a chance to shine, yet many of them are not up to scratch. At whose expense should Rohr include low quality players just because they are at home? Anybody still playing football in the Nigerian league is not good enough. The best players go overseas every year.

  • Hope Odianosen 4 years ago

    It really baffles me that Eguavoen is suggesting terribly that Rohr should invite more home-base players into the world-cup squard that is barely 4 months away in Russia,,,,Oga Eguavoen, abeg nor vex, we nor need any home-base players 4 that team……

  • Maybe he didnt watch chan final when Morrocco baptised them. One or two and only to ride the bench.

  • Diran Naija 4 years ago

    I believe Austin Eguavoen is just joking and making a political statement. If he is serious, then this really explains why most Nigerian home based coaches are not up to scratch and have a very poor understanding of the modern game of soccer.

    How could any serious coach be calling for the addition of more home based players to the Super Eagles less than 3 months to the Russia world cup? He must be joking! Coach Rohr’s team selection so far should be applauded. No additional home based players please apart from the 3 already invited who are there on their merit. Thanks

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  • femi Ajimuda 4 years ago

    I believe the purpose of Eguavoen’s clarion call is building a team for the future and not necessarily that the boys being included for Russia ’18.

    Giving some of them a little match experience can shore up their confidence for Nations Cup qualifying matches. At least we all saw the rubbish some of them displayed against South Africa in Uyo recently. Most of the home boys are individualistic on the pitch and show boats a lot. They lack team spirit.

    Though majority of their faults can be attributed to bad coaching. Some of our local coaches lack tactical and technical awareness as well as match reading abilities

    All local players should critically do a personal analysis of their performance against the current players in the team who plays their position. This should not be about sentiment.

    Every player we spend our money to watch strives to outdo himself in subsequent games. After team training, they stay back to perfect themselves and eat well. Check out De Gea of Man Utd and our own Adeboye as a critical example! De Gea was the goalkeeper of Spain at U-17 level in the same tournament as Adeboye! Today, can you compare the performance of the 2?

    A word is enough for the listener (don’t want to use wise).

  • ako amadi 4 years ago

    What we have failed to broach and analyze in Nigeria for the past 50 years is why our players leave Nigeria to play elsewhere at such a young age. Currently, the bulk of the U-17 and U-20 invited to camp are already signed up by clubs in Europe. Their clubs of origin back home in Nigeria, as well as the numerous football academies and international agents in the country earn a lot of legitimate money in sign-on and transfer fees. Any footballer still playing in Nigeria, is not necessarily a failure, but is someone who has not achieved his desired goal of going abroad. If Eguavoen is clamouring for exposure of the home-based so that they can get into foreign clubs like he and others did, it is understandable, but not at the risk of reducing the quality of the national team which should not be turned into a shop window.

  • Obinna 4 years ago

    which home base this guy dey talk of okputu abi Ali wey don reach 45years wet no sabi football, abegi pack well eguavon abi nah waiting be ur name,