Former Super Eagles defender, Ifeanyi Udeze, has urged NFF to mandate Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, to invite more Nigerian home based players to Super Eagles Squad.
Rohr, who is set to negotiate a new contract with NFF in January, is known to favor foreign based Nigerian players to the home based players. The German has repeatedly said he preferred foreign based players because they have better training and experience.
But Udeze disagreed and said the constant exclusion of home based players will have a negative effect on the development of NPFL. Instead inviting both foreign and home based players will instill healthy competition in the Super Eagles.
“Inviting three players from the NPFL to prosecute international matches to me is not too much for the coach to do. It will compel NPFL players to work harder to raise their game having in mind that they will be invited to the national team.” The former Paok of Greece defender said.
“Playing among big players and top teams in the world will also help the home-based players confidence.
“Inviting 23 foreign-based players with just one goal keeper from the domestic scene does not reflect the world that Nigeria football is developing.”
Udeze advised Rohr to tour Nigeria, watch the local leagues and pick the best players from there.
“The same approach of touring Europe to get players for the Super Eagles should also be re-enacted in Nigeria when he is reappointed to lead the Eagles.
“I understand that the NPFL players’ welfare is not as attractive as their foreign-based counterparts, but they should strive more to be in top form to attract invitation to Super Eagles.
“During my days in the Nigeria league, every week quality players were discovered in the league based on the passion we had for the game. The current players should work hard to improve on their game so that they will not disappoint some of us clamouring for their inclusion to the national team.” He added.