Ladan Bosso speaks on inclusion of NPFL stars in national team

The president of Nigeria Football Coaches Association, Ladan Bosso has aired his opinion on the long-standing debate of inclusion of local players in the Super Eagles team.

The former Kano Pillars gaffer says his only “problem” with Gernot Rohr is his failure to give opportunities to local players to feature in the senior national team.

Speaking to Daily Trust, the former Flying Eagles coach commended Rohr for refining the Super Eagles team, but could not understand the rationale behind his decision not to draft in some of the talented players in the NPFL.

“Relatively, he has done well for this country. My problem with him is his inability to look inwards, to involve or think about the home-based players for them to be part of the Super Eagles. That has always been my problem with him.

“I am one of the longest-serving coaches in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, so I know the abundant talents we have in there.

“So I believe that he can get good players in the NPFL who can compete favourably with those players based in Europe. They can give them a good run for their money,” said the former El Kanemi Warriors coach.

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The Franco-German coach whose contract renewal with the Nigeria Football Federation is currently one of the talk-about issues in the country has not hidden his preference for the foreign-based pros.

Coach Ladan Bosso with Gernot Rohr
Coach Ladan Bosso with Gernot Rohr
(Photo Credit: Complete Sports)

Apart from few NPFL players who have had opportunities to train with the Super Eagles, majority of the local talents have been overlooked in recent times by Rohr.

Coach Bosso also supported the decision by the NFF to ask coach Rohr to relocate to Nigeria, saying he would have more time to visit NPFL venues and follow the Nigerian league.

He also said the local players too will be motivated to give their best because they would be conscious of the fact that the technical adviser of the Super Eagles is watching them.

“Nigeria is a very good country. If you are in Lagos, it is just as if you are in Europe. If you are in Abuja, it is like you are in Europe or Dubai.

“Rohr should stay in Nigeria and help develop the local league. Once the players know they stand a chance to play for the Super Eagles straight from the NPFL, they would put in their best,” he said.


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