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Rohr Defends His Selection Of Foreign Based Nigerian Players

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohrhas defended why he prefers selecting foreign based players than home based players.

The German tactician has been criticised for his selection process and calls have been made for him to include more home based players to develop Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

And the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick revealed some terms that will be part of the 66-year-old’s new contract and it is believed the German tactician will be mandated to include a certain number of players based in the country in his squad.

Only Ikechukwu Ezenwa has been a consistent member of the Super Eagles, among the NPFL players, since Rohr took charge of the team, a decision he has vehemently defended.

“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.

“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.”

Nigeria failed to qualify for the Championship of African Nations (Chan) tournament,  a competition meant for home-based players which Rohr says the situation has made it difficult for him to select more home-based players to the national team.

“The 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.

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