Rohr: NPFL players must start from CHAN Eagles


Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has said that players playing in the Nigeria Professional Football League must “double their efforts” if their dreams of one day representing the senior side would be made a reality.

Rohr who was present at the Agege stadium last Sunday to watch the NPFL match day 18 fixture between MFM FC and ElKanemi Warriors, with football enthusiasts believing he came to pay special attention to NPFL top scorer Stephen Odey, who scored a goal in a comfortable 3-0 win for MFM.

After the game, Coach Gernot Rohr was asked by journalists about the chances of the home based players getting a call up to the senior national side.

“On inviting some players I saw in the game between MFM and El-Kanemi, as you know, it is never easy to change a winning team,” said Rohr.

“We worked with young and exciting players who have brought us to the top of our 2018 World Cup qualifying group, although I have seen some players from MFM and ElKanemi who can come into the Super Eagles, but they have to work very much which is not easy and for me, the first step is for them to start with the CHAN team.

“The CHAN team is a local Super Eagles team and some of these players I have seen might have a chance with the CHAN team.

Stephen Odey scored his fourteenth goal of the season against ElKanemi Warriors

“My assistants, Salisu (Yusuf) and Imama (Amakapabo) know all these players. Salisu was here some time ago and made report about what he saw, so we always want to have the best for the Super Eagles.

“Presently, we have a good Super Eagles team with young players and to be part of the team, you must be very strong.”

“The door is open, and I am waiting for the selection of the CHAN team. Just like last year, I had a look at the team in Spain when the NPFL All Stars team played there and I took two of them. So when somebody is playing well, he will have his chance.”

Having been a spectator in a match where MFM FC spanked ElKanemi Warriors 3-0 courtesy of goals scored by Austine Ogunye, Sikiru Olatunbosun and Stephen Odey from the penalty spot —Rohr was left impressed by the tactical astuteness of both teams.

“I was very interested in the tactical aspect of the game between MFM and ElKanemi,” Rohr said.

“Both teams had good organisation and they had chances to score goals without creating meaningful opportunity. So tactically, the two teams were organised and I appreciate them for that.

“So I was happy to see the game. It was a good game, very interesting game. The game was already over in the first half. Aside from the MFM vs ElKanemi game, I also saw two other teams on Sunday, two good teams with good players also.

“I am happy to have also seen some games that involved teams in the second division (NNL), it was very interesting too with young players with one of them coached by Victor Agali. From what I have seen so far in these games, I am impressed.


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