Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr may have finally bowed to pressure from stakeholders of the domestic game to invite home based goalkeeper, John Bariyima Noble for the AFCON qualification fixtures alongside 23 other players.
NPFL faithful hailed the invitation extended to the lanky goaltender saying, it is a well deserved call up. The 27-year old safe hands of Enyimba Int'l FC who joined the Aba millionaires on November 1, 2020 merited his invitation.
Before now Rohr has stuck on his foreign legion who football fans back home prefer addressing as "Tokunbo Players".
Ironically, Rohr's total reliance on foreign players has not yielded the desired results since he took charge of the team about six years ago.
This has led stakeholders to label the coach "Enemy of the local league and players".
The invitation of Nobel could be the change many demand from Rohr. Nobel is coming into Super Eagles at a time another home based goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa is leaving the team on ground of loss of form and not measuring up to the standard expected of the coaches.
Truth is Rohr has continued to search for goalkeepers since the goalkeeping department has been a major concern to all since the exit of Vincent Enyeama and his potential successor Carl Ikpeme who had a battle with luekemia.
Rohr has tried no fewer than six goalkeepers including Ezenwa....but he keeps searching as a world class goalkeeper is yet to be found.
NPFL side Enyimba Int'l FC signed Noble on a three-year-deal last season.
Nobel was a former goalkeeper of AS Kara of Togo. He joined the club from Cameroon outfit Panthère of Nde where he was last season.
Nobel was a former Golden Eaglets goaltender. He returned home after playing for few clubs abroad.
Nobel was born in 1993, Noble has featured for Toro Sports Academy, Kilsi United FC, Gurden City Panthers, Gokana United FC, Cynosure FC and Kotoko FC in the Togo Premier Division. At ASCK de Kara, he won the Togolese championship and the Cup in 2018.
Experts insist that the NPFL has players that can feature in the Super Eagles better than Rohr's foreign legion. All the local players need is encouragement and exposure from Rohr...and not condemnation.