Former Heartland of Owerri assistant coach, Chijioke Gabriel Osuagwu has added a voice of support to the decision by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that Super Eagles’ gaffer, Gernot Rohr should live in the country and watch matches of the domestic league, as he believes that would help home-based players cement positions in the squad.
Megasportsarena.com reports that, while also chipping in a hint that giving the job to former Eagles’ winger, Emmanuel Amuneke could also engender better opportunities in the squad for home-based players, Osuagwu went on to affirm that the presence of the national team’s coach at venues of Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) matches would bring out the best in the lads in action.
The highly resourceful indigenous coach and grassroots football expert stressed that the NFF’s directive to Rohr to watch matches in the NPFL is a welcome development, because he is of a view that it would add more value to the championship and bring out better standards in the fixtures, knowing fully that players would stand better chances of getting into the main Eagles.
The former head coach of Abia Warriors of Umuahia and Bussdor FC of Port Harcourt further opined that home-based players will add zeal, determination and seriousness to performances with their clubs in the domestic league, because they would realize that every single match they play in the championship could lead to an invitation to the main squad of the national team.
Osuagwu, who is now technical director of Diamond Football Academy of Umuahia, said: “The NFF’s decision is welcome development; our league now will add more value. If our national team coach starts giving consideration to our home base players, there will be more seriousness in them. The issue of let me travel and earn my national invitation will be an issue of the past.”