Rohr gives NPFL players condition for Eagles call up
Nigeria manager, Gernot Rohr, has spelt out qualities Nigeria Professional Football League players would meet before Super Eagles doors would be opened for them, Orient Sports reports.
The Franco/German gaffer had shut out senior national team doors behind the domestic league players since his arrival, much to the dismay and consternation of many who hold the supreme view that the NPFL is littered with extremely gifted and quality players who are good enough to rub shoulders with the foreign based dominated Super Eagles.
But Rohr personally took a tour to Jos and Port Harcourt to have a closer look at the home base players using the Plateau United versus Simba Club of Tanzania CAF Champions League clash and Rivers United versus Futuro Kings of Equatorial Guinea clash in the CAF Confederation Cup fixture as an opportunity.
But Rohr believes what he saw reinforces his earlier stand that the league players are not yet ripe for the big show even as he admitted that the local league players are full of talents.
“The (NPFL) players are talented, no doubt, but they need to play regularly and on good conditions (pitches), especially infrastructures”, starts Rohr as he poured out his observation on his scouting trips.
“I saw two teams representing Nigeria in CAF competitions (Plateau Utd and Rivers Utd), there is talent, no doubt, but there is no rhythm because of the long absence of league games.
“The CHAN coach is in charge of the home-based players and we will work hand in hand as we did in the past. I will monitor our Super Eagles players and with our scouting team, watch all the players who can make the team better.
“I will visit some of them who need support”, Rohr said.
Rohr’s apathy to home-based players is a sharp contrast to late Stephen Keshi’s who prosecuted the 2013 AFCON in South Africa with no fewer than six NPFL players and even won the tournament to the surprise of even his then employers, NFF.
Keshi (now late) repeated same formula in the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil where the Super Eagles reached the second round with home-based dominated players.