Gernot Rohr claims home-based players not good enough for Super Eagles

Gernot Rohr claims home-based players not good enough for Super Eagles

- Gernot Rohr has opened the lid on why home-based star can not feature in his squad

- The German tactician recently signed a new contract extension with the NFF

- Rohr claimed he has used 20 players in the local league since he took the job in 2015

Gernot Rohr has explained why he has refused to make use of home-based stars in his Super Eagles squad.

Only Heartland shot-stopper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has been able to break into the German tactician's squad in the past five years since he became coach of the national team.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the sports ministry have raised eyebrows on Rohr's decision not to invite players plying their trade in the Nigerian Professional League (NPFL).

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In Rohr's new contract, Rohr has been given the condition to monitor players in the local league and hand them a call-up to the Super Eagles.

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But the German has insisted that only a few players on the domestic scene could end up in the European leagues.

"Because they are not good enough and because I have better ones. There are so many good players in Europe," Rohr said to Mannheimer Morgen.

"I have invited more than 20 local players since 2016. If they are good, sooner or later they'll all end up in Europe."

Gernot Rohr claims home-based players not good enough for Super Eagles
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The 68-year-old is also hoping to stay as coach of the Nigerian team as long as possible and wishes to emulate the likes of French coaches Guy Roux and Claude Leroy.

"There is another one, namely Claude Leroy. He is in charge of the Togo national team and is 72.

"I will keep going as long as I feel fit, healthy and young enough. My enthusiasm drives me," Rohr added.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Ogenyi Onazi has revealed how he helped Anthony Nwakaeme and John Mikel Obi secure contracts with his former club Trabzonspor.

The Super midfielder who left the Turkish giants in January 2020, to Denizlispor open up that the Turkish giants asked for his opinion before handing his countrymen their respective contracts.

“It was fantastic and before Tony came, the president told me that he was trying to sign this Nigerian player and he asked me if I know him,” he told

“I told him Tony is a fantastic player and he should do whatever he can to bring in, so when he finally signed him and Tony scored two goals in his second game, the president came back to me and was so happy."

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