Gombe United technical adviser, Manu Garba has called on stars in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to be patient as they will get a chance to prove their worth in the Super Eagles.
Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has concentrated on predominantly overseas-based talent following his appointment as Nigeria national team helmsman in August 2016.
Many have made a case for NPFL top scorer, Stephen Odey and several others to be given a chance to strut their stuff in the national team and Garba believes they will get their chance sooner rather than later.
“Apart from Stephen Odeh, there are also other good players like (Rivers United right back), Ifeanyi Nweke doing well in the league,” Garba told supersport.com.
“There are so many good players in the NPFL and in the near future, I think these boys need to be given (a chance to play for the Super Eagles).
“There is (Super Eagles assistant coach), Salisu Yusuf in the technical crew and he is the one that is supposed to recommend the players to Rohr,” he said.
Garba has earned his stripes as a trainer with an eye for unheralded talent.
He famously coached current Super Eagles and English Premier League stars, Success Isaac and Kelechi Iheanacho at U7 and U20 levels.
The widely-respected trainer is certain domestically-based stars should not be viewed as good enough only for Nigeria’s squad for the African Nations Championship (Chan).
“I believe that in the near future, the local boys are going to be there.
“They should be invited only to play with the Chan squad; they need to be invited to the main team to contest for positions too,” he concluded