In defense of Gernot Rohr, they said our league (the NPFL) is not or was not on hence, the German couldn't invite home based players into his team that recently played four games with miserable results.
Now the crux of this piece. Most recently, Flying Eagles coach, Ladan Bosso called up 20 players for the WAFU B Cup of Nations tournament in Benin Republic.
In the 20-man list, two players are foreign based and the rest 18 are from the NPFL and grassroots clubs.
I dare ask, if the NPFL players are not good enough for Super Eagles, why bring in same NPFL to the Flying Eagles which naturally should be a "supply and support" team to the Super Eagles?
Isn't the NPFL on break? Or is our league on? Why use or invite players who have not been playing competitive football into the junior national team? Was this not the same alibi given by Rohr's footsoldiers for the continuous exclusion of NPFL players in his team? Or have we suddenly changed rules on players invitation to the national teams?
Are there no Nigerian players within the U-20 category in Europe who could or should be invited to help Bosso prosecute the WAFU B Cup of Nations assignment like Rohr and his employers have been combing Europe constantly for Super Eagles players?
Aren't the agents and scouts within our football system travelling abroad anymore to help fish out "talents" for Bosso like they do for Rohr and his Super Eagles?
Ok, NPFL and grassroots players are good for Flying Eagles but not good enough for Super Eagles? Yet the Golden Eaglets captain in 2019 who was then an academy player here in Nigeria but secured a deal in Austria after the World Cup was invited by Rohr for the Algeria and Tunisia friendlies.
If that chap was still in Nigeria, Rohr would have ignored him. Shame unto you Rohr and the undertakers planning to bury our football.
Mr. Desmond Ekwueme is a renowned Nigerian Journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria.