Super Eagles boss, Gernot Rohr has defended his decision for overlooking home based Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL players for national team duty again.
Since his appointment four years ago, only Heartland goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has enjoyed constant invitations to the Super Eagles with the Nigeria Football Federation accusing him of not looking homeward in his selection.
But Rohr has now defended himself explaining that he has invited 23 players from the local league since he took the Super Eagles in 2016, but it became difficult to continue working with the players because most of them are running abroad for greener pastures.
“Unfortunately, Nigeria professional football league is not like other leagues in Europe, I already invited 23 players from the Nigeria professional football league, but unfortunately they are always running to Europe,” Rohr said.
“But mostly, I have the goalkeeper Ezenwa with me, but other players we invited into our team, after few days they go to Europe and they are sold to this or that team and it becomes difficult.
Rohr added it also unfortunate that the home-based Super Eagles failed to qualify for Africa Nations Championship CHAN, and he maintained that only the best players will be invited into the team.
“Also the CHAN team, unfortunately, they didn’t qualify for the tournament in Cameroon, only the best players have the chance to come into my team.” he concluded.