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Good players abound in NPFL – Super Eagles assistant coach, Yobo

Newly appointed Super Eagles assistant coach, Joseph Yobo says that home-based players must prove they are equal to the task anytime they get invited to play for the Super Eagles.

Speaking on a radio program on Brila FM, Yobo said he believed there are better talents plying their trade in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), but such players need to take their chances and not be timid when they get called up to the national team.

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr who recently penned a new contract had been mandated by the NFF to monitor players in the NPFL.

“We have good players in the local league, but they must change their mentality when they are in the national camp because it is different,” begins Yobo who captained Nigeria to win the 2013 AFCON in South Africa.

“When they get the opportunity and are invited to the Super Eagles, they must not be shy or timid. They need to take their chances and must be bold to show their qualities because they got the invitation on merit in the first place.”

Joseph Yobo also stated that it is up to the head coach to bring the local based players into the national team.

“Inviting players to the national team is the decision of the coaches and there must be a good understanding between the head coach and the Federation towards such invitations,” the former Everton defender said, adding that the lack of television coverage also makes it difficult for national team selectors to watch and access the players.

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Written by Vivian Ifezue


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