No campaign will force NPFL players on me – Rohr
NPFL players need to show they’re good enough to compete with foreign pros, says Rohr
The Super Eagles coach has maintained his stance that he won’t be pressured into including NPFL players in his Super Eagles’ squad.
Rohr has always admitted that the Nigerian league players weren’t on the same level with their foreign counterparts – and this position has always been meant with heavy criticisms from many Nigerians.
On the part of some of the local players, they feel cheated, as FC Ifeanyi Ubah captain in an exclusive with spotkick revealed that Rohr’s actions weren’t encouraging to local players.
Enyimba’s shot-stopper Theophilus Afelokhai on his part believed that the current national team set up had zero belief in local players.
However, an adamant Rohr maintained that no NPFL player was better than the players at his disposal in the national team.
“They need to be consistent first and show me that they are good enough to compete with the players already in the team,” Rohr, as quoted by Punch.
“Else it will be difficult as I won’t just invite a player to the team for just the cause.
“We must try to find a perfect balance to ensure that we have the right blend and strength for every game.
“We invited one player recently for the game against Benin and Lesotho and hopefully, he maintains his form and also we are scouting for players who will add quality.”
Contrary to Rohr’s stance, sports leadership in the country urged him to embrace the development of Nigeria’s local football.
It has been reported that has part of the NFF’s clause to give Rohr, who’s in the final stage of his contract a new deal was to show more commitment to the local league.
Sunday Dare, Nigeria’s Minister of Youths and Sports Development in a meeting with Rohr last month, charged the Franco-German tactician to support local football.