By: Jerome Obuninta
Former super Eagles big defender, Kingsley Obiekwu has urged Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr to encourage the home based eagles by taking at least three players from the domestic league to the 2018 FIFA world cup in Russia.
The 1996 Olympics gold medalist told sportstalkafrica.com in an interview that it would be unfair for the German born tactician to overlook the domestic players, because it will not help their career.
He added that the players based at home are good players and that they just need some polishing to make them better players.
He further said that late Stephen Keshi took about three players from the domestic league to the last world cup in Brazil and that it will also be beneficial to our league if Rohr does the same in the 2018 world cup.
“I want to urge Rohr to look into the home based players very well and I believe about two or three can make the trip to Russia if given the same opportunity like their foreign based counterpart,” he said.
“if keshi of blessed memories took three home based players to the 2014 world cup, I think Rohr should also look at the home eagles properly and I am very sure he will see a few graciously gifted players that can be given the chance at the world cup”
“The world cup is a big stage and if you don’t expose your domestic players at that level, how would they grow,” he asked
“If Rohr can take a few from the domestic league to the world cup, it will go along way in bringing more competition for the players, knowing that in big tournaments they have a chance of been part of it if they do domestically,” he concluded.
Obiekwu who was fondly called Shagari in his playing days is the second assistant coach of NPFL club fc Ifeanyiubah.