Kpakor wants 40% of Super Eagles to be home-based players

Heartland Goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa reacts during a match in the Nigeria professional Football league. He is the only home-based player in the present Super Eagles

A former international, Moses Kpakor is advocating for Nigeria’s senior national football team, the Super Eagles to be made up of at least forty percent of players in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL.

It is now an open secret that one of the conditions in the new contract NFF is offering the coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr is that he must stay in Nigeria in order to monitor the domestic league for players.

In a chat with Daily Trust yesterday, the former captain of defunct BCC Lions of Gboko opined that for the stay in Nigeria ‘order’ to be meaningful and fruitful, the NFF should make it compulsory for forty percent of the squad to be NPFL players.

He recalled nostalgically how some of them played for the Super Eagles under Clemens Westerhof even as they were based at home.

According to him, the standard of the domestic league has remained low because most of the talented players hurry off to Europe because they want to brighten their chances of playing for Nigeria.

“If Rohr is to stay in Nigeria and monitor the league, then NFF should make it mandatory that 40 % of the team must be made up of home based players.

“I believe if that is done, then it will make sense to ask the coach to stay and monitor the league. If he stays here and all his players are based abroad, it won’t help the fortunes of the national team,” he opined.

Kpakor, therefore reiterated that it would amount to beautiful nonsense, if the coach stays in Nigeria but all his players are based abroad.

“Asking the coach to say back in Nigeria is meaningless. Why ask him to stay and watch the domestic league when the NFF itself knows that at the end of the day, the coach is going to make use of only foreign based players?.

“The coach of England is either going to watch Liverpool play Tottenham or Manchester United against Manchester City because the bulk of his players are based at home. He does not travel abroad to watch Barcelona against Real Madrid.

“But here your 23 players are based in Europe but you want the coach to stay in Nigeria and monitor the domestic league. It makes no sense to me,” he said.


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