Former Super Eagles striker Victor Agali, who is now a scout for the national team, has said players from the NPFL are not good enough to compete with their counterparts from overseas.
There has been a clamour for Gernot Rohr to work with players from the domestic league with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) even inserting this order in a clause in the new contract of the coach.
Heartland goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa was the only player from the NPFL who made the final squad to last year’s AFCON.
“It’s disheartening with the level of our local league considering what Nigeria has achieved globally in football,” Agali said in a radio interview.
“People must know that the national team is based on results and this is what everybody is looking forward to.
“Rohr cannot be coaching teams in the league, but what he needs to do is to attend matches and pencil down players who he feels can compete with those already in the team.
“He cannot just be inviting players who cannot match those already in the team.”