Nigeria national team coach, Gernot Rohr, ahead of his contract renewal, has revealed his reason for having preference for overseas-based stars over domestic league players for the Super Eagles.
As part of conditions for his contract renewal, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, had stated that Gernot Rohr would be mandated to stay in the country and watch the Nigeria Professional Football League to scout for talents to make up the Super Eagles team.
“We cannot find all the time players in the local league who are better than the other ones (in Europe),” Rohr told ESPN’s Colin Udoh.
“The first criterion 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.”
Heartland goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, is the only home-based footballer who’s been regularly invited to the team since Rohr took charge in 2016.