- Mikel Obi ruled out
- Only goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, FC Ubah
- Rohr has right to select his best choice – Mutiu
The Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) technical committee will not question the technical director Gernot Rohr’s decision not to invite any of the home base stars for this month’s international friendly games against Senegal and Burkina-Faso.
The head coach listed 25 players for the encounters slated for this month with only goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa of FC IfeanyiUbah the only home based star invited.
NFF technical committee member Mutiu Adepoju, when reacting to the controversy surrounding the list, said Rohr has the free will to invite any player he feels can perform to his taste, adding that the coach considered every player’s club form when making his choice.
Mutiu said Super Eagles’ quest to qualify for the 2019 AFCON after missing out from the last two editions of the competition, as well as the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroun this year informed the coach’s decision on the selected players.
The former Racing Santander of Spain star urged the home-based players to continue working hard if they desired to remain relevant in the senior national side, also adding that every Nigerian player has the right to aspire to represent the nation in any championship.
“The NFF technical committee supports Rohr’s choice of players for the two international friendly games.”
“The coach has to select the best and if he feels that can deliver and has no other option than to go for foreign–based players to give him the desire results.”
Mutiu also said: “Don’t think Rohr deliberately snubbed the domestic players… it might be that he has not seen a player that can deliver in the AFCON qualifier against South Africa and the World Cup qualifier against Cameroun.”
“These games are crucial matches that needs experience and committed players. The coach knows the players that would give him the result he wants,’’ he said.
Reporting by Joseph Oluku