Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that it is not easy to convince players of Nigerian descent to play for the West African side.
Concise News understands that the Nigerian team has had successes in convincing most players with roots to the country to play for them with a former Chelsea star Victor Moses being one.
The three-time African champions recently lost in their quest to get Chelsea star Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to feature for them.
Also, there have been moves by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to lure Queens Park Rangers (QPR) youngster Ebere Eze to switching to the Super Eagles.
The player was expected to be in the team for the upcoming 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against the Benin Republic and Lesotho this month.
However, he has told the NFF that he needs time to think about abandoning England for Nigeria.
While speaking about the development, Rohr noted that the door to the Nigerian senior team is always opened to the best players.
“The door to the Super Eagles is always open to the best players,” he told SportingLife.
“There are so many players to choose from, but the media sometimes insist they must come.
“But they don’t want because they can play for England and Germany.
“So it is not always easy for the players to decide and it’s never good to put pressure on them.”
Eaglets’ Coach Fired
Meanwhile, the NFF have sacked Golden Eaglets coach Manu Garba following the team’s elimination from the 2019 U-17 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Nigeria were on Wednesday beaten 3-1 in a round of 16 tie after topping the Group B chart.
“Usually, you go to tournaments with target and the one we gave the technical crew is to at least reach the quarter-final of the tournament, which is fair enough considering the way they prepared for the tournament,” NFF 2nd vice president Shehu Dikko told Opera News.
“In the history of Nigeria U-17, no team has enjoyed this type of preparations.
“For failing to reach the target given to them their position will be reviewed immediately and it starts from asking them to submit their technical report and step down from their role for us to review and get back to them”
Garba was part of the Eaglets coaching crew that won the age-grade tournament in 2013 and was criticized for not fielding the players that defeated Hungary and Ecuador in the team’s opening two matches against the Netherlands.