DESPITE an order by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to select players from the domestic league, Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr insists that only the best will make his squad.
He told an interviewer: “I pick the best players and I don’t do it alone. We have to take the best players no matter where they are coming from.
“We have very good young players, so it’s difficult for the local players to break into the team.”
“It is not part of my contract to take players who are not so good. I can choose my players myself. It is the most important thing. So nobody can tell me ‘you have to pick this one or that one.”
Rohr said he made sacrifices in his new contract with Nigeria in order to guide the country to a fourth Africa Cup of Nations triumph.
Rohr has extended his stay in Nigeria till 2022 after he agreed to a pay cut in the local currency and reside in the country.
In the new contract, the German-born coach will earn $49,000 a month instead of the $55,000 stipulated in his previous contract and he will live in Nigeria for at least 10 months a year.
Said Rohr: “This is a special job because this is my team, I built it with my staff.
“It’s a very young team, but the mission is not finished yet, so we want to continue. We all have to make sacrifices and I will be the first.”
Rohr, a former Niger and Gabon coach on Monday said the target is to be champions of Africa again after the Super Eagles won the Africa Cup of Nations three times, in 1980, 1994 and 2013.
He said: “Let’s qualify for (the Nations Cup) and then we want to win it. We have a good team, we’re now number three in Africa. When I arrived (in 2016), we were number 13.
“We have worked together for the past four years and I hope we can progress.”
Rohr led Nigeria to third place at last year’s Africa Cup of Nations Finals in Egypt, where they lost 2-1 to champions Algeria in the semi-finals after conceding a stoppage-time goal.
The Eagles topped their qualifying group for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations billed for Cameroon with six points after winning their first two games against second-placed Benin and third placed Lesotho. Sierra Leone, have a solitary point and are in the bottom of the group