Inviting NPFL players to national team will improve the league – Coach Azeez Muhammed

Coach Azeez Audu Muhammed

A Sudanese based coach, Azeez Audu Muhammed has revealed that inviting players in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL will improve the standard of the league.

Azeez, currently the coach of Sudanese side, Alhilal Alfashir in an interview with journalists on Friday stated that the ambition of every player is to represent his country which will put the player and the league in the spotlight of top teams around the world.

“Picking players in NPFL to the national team will improve the league,” Coach Azeez said.

“If the players perform well, they will get offers from top teams in Europe and that will make other players buckle up and improve their games. The national team is the highest standard any player can wish to play, every player has an ambition which is to represent his country and play in the best league in the world, so I think inviting these players will definitely improve the league.”

Coach Azeez Audu Muhammed
Coach Azeez Muhammed giving instructions to his player

He further said that Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr cannot be blamed for not always picking players he has not seen playing, noting that the clause in the German’s new deal which will see him relocate to Nigeria will change the coach’s perception of the local league.

“I cannot fault Gernot Rohr for not always picking players from the NPFL, as a coach you cannot pick players you’ve not watched them play. He is not staying in the country and cannot see the league.

“It is good the NFF have included a clause which will see the coach reside in Nigeria and also monitor the local league, I am very sure if he consistently watches the NPFL, he will see a lot of potential players he can pick for the national team.

“Stephen Keshi won the nations cup with players in the NPFL who were unknown at the time, Sunday Mbah and other, so you cannot tell me there are no potentials, I know there are potentials, the coach is not in the country so you cannot blame him, but a player must be good enough and deserves to be in the national team before he can be selected.

Coach Azeez Muhammed, a native of Kogi State was born in Kaduna, started his coaching career in Sudan with Shabab Nasir Football Club in 2012 after obtaining his CAF B and C license. He has managed six other top-flight teams to date all in Sudan.

During his playing days, he played for Kada Stars FC, Jasper United, Ranchers Bees, Gombe United, Merrick Port, and Annasr Kareema before retiring in 2012.


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