Babafemi Raji
Babafemi Raji

We Are Feeding Rohr To Damage Nigerian Football - Brila’s Babafemi Raji

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Ace Sports Broadcaster, Babafemi Raji, has criticized the most recent squad selection of Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr.

The German tactician released a 24-man list of players which he intends to use for the execution of the games against Sierra Leone later this month.

Nigeria will square up against the Leone Stars in an AFCON qualifying double-header, first in Asaba on the 27th of March before travelling for the return leg four days later at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.

Of the twenty-four players invited by Rohr, there is only one player from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) - Heartland FC goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

The list has caused some debates amongst fans of the Super Eagles, with many criticizing the coach for not even picking more home-based players, while some have defended the coach, arguing that a competitive game isn't one to test players from the local league.

One of those who have been left displeased by the list is Brila FM presenter, Raji, who voiced his displeasure during one of the station's evening shows.

Babafemi Raji

According to Raji, who is popularly known as the 'topmost striker', some of the invited foreign-based players could have been overlooked by the coach for their compatriots in the local league.

The ace broadcaster noted that a player like Dessers was deserving of his first call-up, based on his form for Eredivisie side. He, however, said there was no need inviting Cologne's Kingsley Ehizibue.

Raji said the slot could have been given to either Enyimba's Ifeanyi Anaemena while insisting that Samuel Kalu who only just recovered from injury should have been given some time off with a locally based forward coming in for him.

The head of content development and presentation at Brila also made a case for Plateau United's goalkeeper, Chinedu Anozie, who has kept ten clean sheets so far this season.

Raji added that the country was feeding Rohr to commit 'football felony' against the local league and that would have an adverse effect on Nigerian football in the long run.

A number of callers and social media users agreed with Raji's views but one caller noted that the last time Nigeria had a week team with some number of home-based players, they lost at home to South Africa; hence, Rohr was always going strong.

Nigeria is currently top of Group L of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, having defeated both Benin Republic and Lesotho in their opening two games.

The three-time African champions would virtually book a place at the tournament which will be hosted next year if they can get victories in the double-header against the Leone Stars.

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