Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr, has defended the invitation of players born abroad to play for Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
Speaking at the team camp in Austria, the Franco-German strategist said: “We are only mindful of the quality of players in building the team and not where they were born.
“It’s isn’t good to say because players are born abroad, they ain’t Nigerians. The players we have are determined to play for us, the motivation is there. White/black it doesn’t matter.”
"We are only mindful of quality of players in building the team, not where they were born.
"It's isn't good to say cos players are born abroad, they ain't Nigerians.
"The players we have want to play for us, the motivation is there. White/black it doesn't matter." pic.twitter.com/rHTN0IbGrJ
— Soar Super Eagles (@SSE_NGA) October 8, 2020
Several Nigerians have expressed their dissatisfaction with how the Super Eagles team is now dominated by players born abroad to parents of Nigerian origin. ‘
In the squad preparing for the international friendly game against Algeria, a majority of the players were born outside Nigeria.
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The likes of Kevin Akpoguma, Cyriel Dessers, Tyronne Ebuehi, Semi Ajayi, and Ola Aina all grew up outside Nigeria.
However, speaking in his press conference ahead of the clash against the current African champions, Rohr revealed where the players grew up should not be a criterion when selecting players for the national team.