Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr says he has given home-based players the opportunity to stake a claim for place in Nigeria’s first eleven.
To this end, the German-born tactician says a total of 24 local players have played in three years.
According to AllNigeriasoccer.com, he was reacting to comments by the President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick that he must reside in Nigeria, be paid in Naira and also watch more Nigerian league matches to get new talent.
“I’ve invited about 24 local players since I was appointed. Funnily, most of them get a contract in Europe almost immediately.
“It’s difficult getting local players who are better than the ones we already have. That’s why CHAN is important,” he said.
Overtime many fans have argued about the dearth of home-based players in the Super Eagles; pointing out that the gaffer prefers foreign-based players or European footballers of Nigerian descent.
But Rohrs aid, this wasn’t the case.
“My philosophy is not to speak publicly about these things. I saw, like you, what was said on social media, but I can’t comment.
“Already, I’ve spent more time in Nigeria over the past three years. All my players, except one, plays abroad.”