We must include home-based players for tournaments – Chukwu


With the ouster of the Super Eagles from the ongoing World Cup in Russia, a former coach of the Super Eagles, Christian Chukwu, on Wednesday said that it was time the nation’s football authorities injected home-based players into the national team to make it successful in future competitions.

The Super Eagles crashed out of the Russia 2018 World Cup on Tuesday after losing 1-2 to Argentina.

Chukwu insisted that home-based players could play as a team because of their long period of being together in the Nigerian league.

He said  that shopping for players who ply their trade outside Nigeria was inimical to the development of Nigerian football, especially the national team.

“Many of these boys who play outside the country don’t understand each other because they have not played together for a long period.

“But the boys at home almost play together with each other in the Nigerian league and in typical Naija style,” he said.

The former green Eagles Captain called on the country’s football managers to tap from the local content in order to advance.

Chukwu, who described the Nigerian league as one of the best in Africa, said it was time to build national team with 90 per cent of home-based players.

According to him, we should stop going for a player who plays in Iran simply because he is foreign-based.

The coach urged Nigerians to continue to support the national team, which he said was promising.