With debates of home based players playing regularly for the Super Eagles ongoing, the Director of Football Coaches of Association of African Nations ( FCAAN) has explained the reason why is difficult for the home based players to break into the Super Eagles, OJB Sport reports.
The debates and discussions has been on since the Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) extended the contract of the team head coach Gernot Rohr.
While speaking on the platform Oyo State Grassroot Football Coaching Education (OSGFCE) Abiodun said foreign based are at advantage not because they are better but because they play in well organised and advance league.
He further urged Rohr to invite the home based players and give them level playing ground to compete with the foreign based players.
“The players at home are equally good like those based abroad, most of the players we have in the Super Eagles were developed here in Nigeria apart those that were born abroad.
So when you look at the situation, the disadvantage is that the Super Eagles don’t train on daily basis and because of that as a coach you will want to go for players that is better prepared.
When I say better prepared, I mean the foreign based players are better prepared for example right now football has returned virtually everywhere around the world.
That means those players are in shape but in Nigeria, sports have not resume, so if you are the Super Eagles coach and you have to invite players by next month to play, you won’t even think about any of our players at home.
You prefer the ready made players, that is just example, what I’m saying in essence is the way, the Nigeria players are been managed from the administrators to the coaches, lack of fund, bad training playing grounds, and exposure, you cannot compare it to a player that is playing in any of these advanced league abroad.
So that is why the coach always prefer to get them in and play for them not because our home based players are not good enough.
To have our home based to play, it will be a lots of challenge, a player that is been owed salaries, or player that is parent and family are depending on him and he doesn’t have money .
So emotionally and intellectually players at home are not there but if given the opportunity and the platform, you will realise that they will do very well.
It left for the coach to invite them to the national team and have them training with the foreign ones but the big challenge again is that after one or two game for the Super Eagles they run abroad and created problem for the coach again,” he concluded.
Abiodun who ended a six-year union with Ondo State Football Agency and Sunshine Stars last October has a CAF A License, NSCAA Premier Diploma in America among other licenses and certificates.