Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has defended his preference for foreign-based professionals, reports Completesports.com.
Heartland goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has been the only consistent local-based invitee by Rohr since he took charge of the team.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick recently stated that the former Girondis Bordeaux tactician will henceforth be mandated to include a certain number of home-based players in his squad as part of the conditions for a new contract.
“We cannot find all the time players in the local league who are better than the other ones,” Rohr told ESPN.
“The criterion for us, the first criteria is the quality of the players. Everybody knows, not only in Nigeria, that the best players are in Europe or somewhere else in professional leagues. That is the fact.
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“I invited already more than 23 or 24 local players since I have been in charge of the Super Eagles but we invite them and then immediately they are going to Europe. It is wonderful for them but maybe not for us.”
Rohr also revealed that the failure of the home-based Super Eagles to qualify for African Nations Championship has made it difficult for him to select more local players to the national team.
“CHAN team and under-20 team must play all the time. The coaches who are responsible for these teams, must work with me together. And normally the best of the league are in either CHAN or under-20 or under-17,” he added.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.