Home-based Super Eagles Camping To Precede Future Matches

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Home-based Super Eagles Camping To Precede Future Matches
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The Nigeria Football Federation has responded to calls by Nigerians for the involvement of domestic league players in Super Eagles’ matches, by agreeing to commence camping with home-based players, for a week or two, prior to the arrival of the overseas-based players.

According to a report by  Completesports.com, the Federation came to this conclusion after a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, in his office last Tuesday in Abuja, and a followup by the Executive Committee later same day.

“The minister suggested to us to involve more home-based players in the the Super Eagles’ games, and we have agreed to camp the local boys for between one to two weeks before the overseas-based players report to camp for any particular match in Nigeria or abroad,” a source was quoted by the report.

“We have directed coach Gernot Rohr and his assistants to monitor the local leagues and invite players to camp ahead of every game. Rohr will then pick the best among the home-based players to join the foreign-based players when they arrive camp.

“Our best players are outside the country, no doubt, but we want to boost our domestic football by giving the league players the chance to break into the Super Eagles on merit after training under Gernot Rohr for a week or two. Stephen Keshi discovered many home boys from his local camping and went ahead to win the 2013 AFCON with about eight domestic league players featuring.”

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