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Rohr: We can’t play and beat Mexico with home based players

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed that it was impossible to play and defeat Mexico in the upcoming friendly with home based players.

It will be noted that 25 players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) were called up for the match billed to hold at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, on July 4.

He made this known on Wednesday during a training session held at the Goal Project at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

“So I am watching the training as I am not the coach of this team. I saw the training sessions, the players seem to be fit and have now the rhythm of the competition. Again, I saw some players who are already in my team and it is always good to see them again.

“They seem to be in great form. They are playing on a natural grass and two or three players are missing because they have a match to play but will arrive after the game. I will see if there is anyone I can invite to the ‘A’ team.

“They should play a quality football and not to do a one man show. I am watching them but I want them to play for the team and play for the country. They are motivated and happy to be here and represent Nigeria in US against Mexico.

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“You cannot play against Mexico and say you will win it with these home-based players. It is not our A team and it will not count for FIFA rankings. The most important thing is not the results but to test the players discover new players and evolve new tactics,” he said.

Rohr said that the team will be coached by the duo of Austin Eguavoen who is the technical director at the Nigeria Football Federation with his deputy Paul Aigbogun, and that he would be there to watch the players they selected and see if he can pick some of them for the A team.

“Though I am not the coach of the CHAN Eagles, but I think the players selected for this game stand a good chance of making the CHAN squad. Eguavoen and his assistants picked the team with the aid of Salisu Yusuf, Imama and other top coaches from the domestic league. It will be interesting to see these players perform,” Rohr concluded.


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