THE END? Rohr put 'final' full-stop to clamour for Nigeria-based Super Eagles players
Gernot Rohr, head coach of the Nigerian Super Eagles has finally made it known that Nigerian-League based Nigerian footballers would possibly never play for the Men's National Team while he's still Head Coach. The German revealed while fielding questions from journalists after Nigeria's win on Wednesday.
The Super Eagles who finished third in this year's African Cup of Nations, came from behind to cruise to an emphatic 2-1 victory over Benin at the 30000-seater Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo two days ago as part of the Super Eagles' qualifying games 2021 African Nations Cup.
''This is not the moment to speak about my contract, let us speak about the match, we have our project, let us speak about our team, we have been together for three years, Musa was here. The team is progressing and we now have young boys who are coming in." the 66-year old said.
Despite having a 23-man contingent for the qualifying game, Rohr had only 2 players who ply their trade in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) - Heartland's goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa who has been a regular call-up to the Men's National but underutilized, and Enyimba's defender Ifeanyi Anaemena, who got handed a late invitation by the German tactician following Lokomotiv Moscow's Brian Idowu, withdrawing from the squad.
Both Ezenwa and Anaemena were however, unused substitutes against in the 2-1 victory over Benin - something now somewhat of a norm for Rohr.
"I know that you want more and more home-based players but the quality we have abroad is higher for the moment than in the home-based league (Nigeria Professional Football League). But we took somebody again to give him a chance, Ifeanyi from Enyimba, and we will all the time give the chance to the players who deserve."
Rohr is publicly yet to react to this.