Why Rohr Invites More Foreign Based Eagles Than Local Players - Mohammed

According to news emanating from Nigeria media has it that the Chairman of the Federal Capital Football Association, FCT FA, Adam Mouktar Mohammed said that Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr’s preference for foreign based players is because they are more qualitative than the local players.

The Franco-German coach has been accused of neglecting the talents in the domestic league as he barely gives them the opportunity to fight for jerseys in the Super Eagles.

However, in this regard, most football analysts have continued to criticize and urge the former Gabonese national team coach to show more interest in players plying their trade in the Nigerian professional football league, NPFL.

Mouktar Mohammed said on Monday in a conversation with the Daily Trust as reported by Sports Central that he understand Rohr had nothing against local players, but the quality he want is not readily available in the Nigerian league.

He also urged those who asked local players to join the Super Eagles to be more realistic in their requests, saying it should not be based on feelings and emotions.

He said as cited by Sports Central: "Demands for home-based players for the Super Eagles are most times done emotionally, but we must use evidence based solutions. "You ask do we have the quality of players to step up? I don't think we have the large pool in my personal opinion. "A lot of rhetoric and demands from arm chair analysts but football is about results so you can't gamble. "There is a reason you see the coach going for players playing in the top leagues because he knows eyes closed they are quality, they are in a good shape psychologically and boast of exposure as well as experience at high level.

The FCT FA chairman who celebrated a year in office recently said that the league needs to change for the better so that the NPFL can provide players and coaches to the Super Eagles.

Mohammed said: "Let's tell ourselves the hard truth, we have to have certain foundations, Systems and Processes to build our local leagues, coaches and players. "For sure we all want to have more local participation of our coaches and players in the Super Eagles but then we have to do the needful first.