News emanating from the Glass House indicates that the Nigeria Football Federation’s Technical and Development Committee will henceforth vet Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr’s list of invited players for international matches, AOIFootball.com can report.
The Super Eagles, for the first time in 25 years, lost to the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo, a situation that has informed the new position taken by the committee.
Speaking to newsmen after Tuesday’s separate meetings with the Sports Minister and Coach Gernot Rohr, Chairman of the Technical and Development Committee, Christopher Green, highlighted the measures taken while also hoping it will help the country avoid such loses like the one against South Africa, as they will scrutinize the list of players invited especially the quality of players.
“We met with Coach Rohr after we had met with the Honourable Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung and we took decisions to forestall the kind of occurrence that saw us losing scandalously to South Africa on Saturday.
“Henceforth, the Technical and Development Committee will meet frequently and also scrutinise, critique and vet the list of players that are invited into our national team. That the coach will also announce his list at a press conference which will allow sports journalists to ask questions regarding the players invited. “This, we believe will aid us in ensuring the right players are given the look in by the national team handlers and mediocre players will not find their way into the team,” Green pointed out.
The Super Eagles’ next game will be against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the continuation of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers which Nigeria leads her group with 6 points ahead of Cameroon who have just 2 points followed by Algeria and Zambia, respectively.