SAN FRANCISCO, June 1, (THEWILL) – Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, says Nigeria’s best players are in Europe and it will be difficult for players in the local league to get playing time in the national team.
Speaking to Channels TV, Rohr said: “You want me to invite locally-based players, it’s always not possible. If you want to come into this team now, you have to be very strong. We have players from Europe, players abroad from Nigerian father or mother or both, they are so strong, so it’s very difficult for local players to come into the team.
“It’s not a part of my contract to take players who are not so good as other ones. I can choose my players myself. It’s the most important. Nobody can tell me to pick this one or this one. I can take the best players and I don’t do it alone, I have a team (technical crew). We speak about the games of the weekend, so we have to take the best ones regardless of where they are coming from.”
THEWILL reports that Rohr recently signed a contract extension that will keep him with the Super Eagles until 2022.