By James Agberebi:
Former Nigeria international, Friday Ekpo, wants the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to give home-based players a chance in his team ahead of next month's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Uyo.
Just recently, media reports had it that the German coach said he wouldn't be inviting any home-based players, claiming they be match rusty because the NPFL season ended a few weeks back.
Reacting to the development, Ekpo posited that some of the overseas-based players are not regulars in their teams.
"The question we should ask is whether most of our foreign-based players are first team starters in their various clubs," Ekpo told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"The NPFL just ended some three weeks ago and I believe we have some quality players in the league that if given the opportunity they will equally do well.
"The home-based players always report to camp early before the foreign-based players. And training with them for just one week is enough to give the coach an idea of the ones he will use," Ekpo reiterated.
The 1992 Africa Cup of Nations bronze medal winner however stated that Rohr should be supported irrespective of who gets invited.
"Like we always say, the coach has the final say on who gets invited and who doesn't, but the most important thing is to give the team the necessary support to succeed."