Tunde Kazeem, a former Director of Sports in Kwara, has urged Super Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr to consider using players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in the senior national team.
Kazeem told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that this was quite necessary now in view of recent performances by the Super Eagles.
NAN reports that Kareem spoke against the background of the team’s goalless draw away to the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualifiers.
The Leone Stars had also forced the Eagles to a 4-4 draw on Friday, after the home side had led 4-0..
A very disappointed Kazeem said the results were embarrassing, pointing out that Tuesday’s draw in Freetown showed that the team and its officials needed to brace up.
“I am not impressed at all. I was thinking they (the team) were going to Freetown to redeem their image, not knowing they will come out with this kind of result.
“The coach and the players should brace up. I have really not seen any technical input he (Rohr) has impacted in that team. I don’t see any reason why we can’t beat Sierra Leone.
“I think it is best for Rohr to look inwards. If the foreign-based players cannot give us what we want, I am sure the home-based will.
” The foreign-based players are more focused on their clubs, but we have hungry and talented boys at home. What then is the essence of the NPFL?
“Rohr should consider the players in the NPFL,” Kazeem said.