Super Eagles assistant coach, Joseph Yobo has charged Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) players to prove their worth and fight to play for the national team, the sportsbay.com reports.
Speaking on a radio program monitored on Friday morning on Brila FM, Yobo said he believed there are good talents playing their trade in the Nigerian Professional Football League but such players need to take their chances and not be timid when they get called up to the national team.
Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr who recently penned a new contract had been mandated by the NFF to monitor players in the NPFL.
“We have good players in the local league but they must change their mentality when they are to the national camp because it is different,” begins the former Everton star who captained Nigeria to win the 2013 AFCON in South Africa.
“When they get the opportunity and are invited to the Super Eagles, they must not be shy or timid. They need to take their chances and must be bold to show their qualities because they got the invitation on merit in the first place.”
Yobo also stated that it is up to the head coach to bring the local based players into the national team.
“Inviting players to the national team is the decision of the coaches and there must be good understanding between the head coach and the Federation towards such invitations,” Yobo said adding that lack of television coverage also makes it difficult for national team selectors to watch and access the players.