Former Super Eagles’ goalkeepers’ trainer and assistant coach, Joseph Eric (aka Joe Erico) has advocated for a situation in which home-based players would get regular invitations to the Nigerian national team, as he believes they can also contribute their own quota to the nation’s football fortunes with the senior squad.
Although he admitted he is not in a position to point the way for Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr to follow, Erico added that calling players from the domestic front into the national team would add to enhanced development, improved standard and followership that are required for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
He added during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that it is ideal to look inwards while building the national team, but affirmed that Rohr has the final say on what he wants for his squad and conceded that the Franco-German tactician will ultimately invited only those players he believes can fit into his expectations for the squad.
The soft-spoken technical guru, who was nicknamed ‘Jogo Bonito Exponent’ for adopting the Brazilian style of play during his coaching spell with Julius Berge of Lagos, added that Rohr has his own thoughts and ideas about how to move the Eagles forward, but he suggested that carrying home-based players along would not take anything away from the gaffer’s projections.
Erico added: “Everything is clearly dependent on the coach and what he wants to do. I am not in a position to tell him what to do, but I think the home-based players should be given a chance.
“They way it is now, though, is that the coaches put more interest in winning matches than in grooming players, or helping the league to grow. “