International friendly: Fuludu makes case for home-based players

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Former Nigeria international, Edema Fuludu believes coach Gernot Rohr should have injected a couple of Nigeria Professional Football League players in his 25-man squad for this month’s friendly games against Senegal and Burkina Faso in London.
The 1994 Nations Cup winner claims Nigeria topflight players should have been called by the Super Eagles handler for this month’s international games to assess their capability in future games.
It would be recalled that Ikechukwu Ezenwa is the only home-based player in the list, and Fuludu says that is not good enough for the image of the players in the domestic league.
Edema, however added that the national team captain, John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo could be excused from these games to give the coach a chance to test other players’ abilities for proper competitive matches.
“I feel he should have invited some home based players so that we can encourage the local based players aspire to play for the national team.
“It is not until they travel abroad before they can be considered worthy to play for the national team.
“During our time, we played for the national team before we even traveled abroad, but I think for the growing Nigerian league in terms of publicity and performance, it would have been good enough to show the talents the league is breeding through these friendlies.

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