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
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.