Give NPFL players a chance – Garba Lawal


Due to injuries to some members of Nigeria’s senior national male football team, former Super Eagles midfielder Garba Lawal has urged Gernot Rohr, Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles to give outstanding players in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League a look in.

Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, striker Odion Ighalo and captain, John Obi Mikel are currently nursing injuries and the trio face a race against time to be fit for Nigeria’s first 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier match against South Africa in June.

Garba Lawal, a former Super Eagles stalwart has urged Rohr to consider the stand out domestic players for the vacant positions.

Speaking in Lagos former Roda JC Kerkrade of Holland midfielder said: ”With injuries to regular Super Eagles players, I think the manager should consider giving​ the domestic stars an opportunity to express them”.

“Bringing them to the team will increase the competition in the team and at the same time improve the quality of the league”.

Recently, there have been calls for current Nigeria Professional Football League top goalscorer, Stephen Odey to be called up to the national team alongside other home based stars such as Akwa United’s Ibrahim Alhassan and MFM FC’s Sikiru Olatunbosun to add to the only player plying his trade in the local league already in the Super Eagles team, Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

Sources close to the Nigerian Football Federation did reveal to a couple of days ago that Rohr will invite two home based players to the scheduled camping in France ahead of the game against South Africa.

“They had their visa interviews this morning at the French Embassy, it’s up to them to prove themselves in camp, because it wasn’t easy convincing Rohr to include them in the first place”.

“Another thing is for them to maintain their form between now and when the camp in France will open. Anything short of that could see them miss out on the team”.

Nigeria are in group B with South Africa, Libya and Seychelles.

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