Why I don’t invite home based players – Rohr

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…. Vows to parade strong team against Seychelles

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has said that players’ agents and scouts discouraged him from inviting Home-based Players because they use national team invitation of Nigeria Home-based players as an avenue to send players for trials abroad.

Rohr when answering journalists in Lagos in a media chat sponsored by Peak milk insisted that he has not shunned Home-based Footballers.

Asked why he has shunned home-based players from his shortlist for matches, Rohr said it wasn’t quite correct to say he doesn’t like home-based players, insisting that since he joined Nigeria as the country’s chief coach, he has invited 20 players from the domestic league.

Unfortunately, according to Rohr, not less than 10 of them are currently in Europe playing in some leagues which he has been monitoring.

”I do not know if some agents and scouts are always waiting for us to invite the home-based to the Super Eagles camp or playing them before taking them to Europe. No less than 10 out of the 20 that I have invited are in Europe,” Rohr joked during the Peak Breakfast with Rohr session in Lagos on Friday.

Meanwhile Rohr has insisted that he will name a strong starting line-up against Seychelles in the 2019 Africa Nations Cup qualifying home match in March 2019 despite the fact that Nigeria has already qualified for the African Nations Cup in Cameroon.

Rohr insisted that he won’t use the match to try new invitees into the Nigeria senior national team.

He promised to humiliate Seychelles with a strong team adding that he is not sure of players that could possibly start the game but promised that the best legs will be paraded.

He said: “As I sit before you, I’m still struggling to pick the best players which I hope to use to whip Seychelles. No chance of parading any weakened side simply because we have qualified,” Rohr said.


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