Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr, has revealed that players in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) are not good enough to play for the Super Eagles.
The Franco-German gaffer has been criticized for not giving the home-based players the chance to represent their fatherland.
Ikechkwu Ezenwa has been the only representative of the league in the National Team as one of the goalkeepers.
“Because they are not good enough and because I have better ones,” Rohr replied during an interview with Morgenweb.com when asked his reasons for snubbing players from the NPFL.
“There are so many good players in Europe. I have invited more than 20 local players since 2016. If they are good, sooner or later they all end up in Europe.
“The qualification for the Africa Cup 2021 and the World Cup 2022 in Qatar are the goals now. Until after the World Cup, that is until December 31, 2022.
“It (my contract) is linked to a successful Africa Cup of Nations.”
Rohr signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with the Nigeria Football Federation in May and he has been tasked to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The 66-year-old guided the Super Eagles to a third place finish at the 2019 Nations Cup in Egypt.