Nigeria Football

Yobo says NPFL players good for Eagles, gives hints on how they can earn places

Joseph Yobo has become the latest person to talk about the inclusion of Nigeria Professional Football League players into the Super Eagles set up.

Apart from Ikechukwu Ezenwa who has been a regular member of the national team for more than two years, clubs from Nigeria cannot boost of having a representative in the national team.

Many have argued that players from the local league be included in the national team alongside the players playing in Europe, while others are of the opinion they shouldn’t because of their poor performances in African club competitions, WAFU Cup of Nations and African Nations Championship (CHAN).

But Joseph Yobo who has just been appointed as one of Gernot Rohr’s assistant coach believes the home-based players are good enough.

“The league is good enough and we have good players, we have very good players. Look at my era as well, how many players came into the national team (from the league). But it is all the decision of the coaches.

“But to say do we have good players? Absolute yes. Do we have players that can come true and fit into the national team? Yes.”

The former OM defender however, explained to the home-based players what they need to do to nail down a spot in the national team.

“These players that are good should come with a different mentality when they are invited to the national team – to the Super Eagles because it is different,” he said.

Joseph Yobo is Super Eagles of Nigeria’s most capped footballer alongside Vincent Enyeama with 101 appearances. He was the nations captain in 2013 when Nigeria lifted the AFCON title for a third time.

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4 years ago

It was really superb and a welcome advice I happy for that, and those players thinking they can’t play for Nigeria then let them know we can do without them . #Teamnigeriaalltheway#

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