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Again, Rohr speaks on local players playing for Super Eagles

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Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has again revealed his stand on the invitation of home based players to the national team.

According to him, he has invited over 20 home based players since he took charge of the national team in 2016.

It will be recalled he has repeatedly said he does not trust the ability of the players to give him what he wants hence his preference for foreign based players. 

In an interview with Punch, the German tactician said the players always moved to Europe once they get the debut with the national team.

“I have invited more than 20 local players already into the Super Eagles since I took charge of the team. We invite them, next thing, they are off to European clubs. It is wonderful for them.

“We look out for quality players from the local league and everybody knows and this does not apply only to Nigeria, but also to Cameroon, Senegal and other countries; many of their players are in Europe and China,” he said.

Rohr further revealed that he equally searches for players from all the age-grade levels who will fit into his football philosophy.

“We monitor the league even though I cannot see them play in all the league matches. That’s why I communicate with the coaches of the age-grade competitions so that we can work together and monitor the best from the league, CHAN, U-20, U-17, we monitor everyone. Then the academies too, we look out for players from that side, not only from the league.

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“This is a new chapter in the area of our work. I also need people like Victor Agali and Alloy Agu watching out for players for me, especially goalkeepers. Victor owns an academy. They give us the best advice regarding some of these players and we also have Yobo on board, he’s also good too.

“I had a very good relationship with the coach of the female side too (Thomas Dennerby) before he left. It is our strength (harmony). We train together, stay together and this is our first strength in the team and we try to maintain it,” he said.

On 7 October 2017, his Nigeria-led team became the first African side to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after a 1–0 win against Zambia. On 17 July 2019, Rohr led Nigeria to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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