Former Super Eagles defender Sam Sodje has responded to a tweet credited to a Lawmaker, Akin Alabi, member of the House of Representatives who hinted he wants to raise a motion that will compel Super Eagles manager to include at least two players of the NPFL in Nigeria’s squad at international competitions.
The lawmaker representing the Egbeda/Ona Ara Federal Constituency in Oyo State took to Twitter to solicit opinions of Nigerian football fans to determine if the move would have popular backing.
A motion to mandate the NFF and the Super Eagles coach to include at least two Nigeria based players in every squad we take to international football competitions. Is it good for our football? Should we push this or not?
— Oloye Akin Alabi (@akinalabi) March 2, 2020
In a chat with brila.net, Sodje reacted to the tweet by saying that the lawmaker should look for a way to better the local league and not to enforce players on the coaches.
The former Reading player also emphasized that the invitation of players at such level should be based on merit, not by enforcement.
The bill if passed will compel national team manager Gernot Rohr to include two players from the domestic leagues in his squads for international tournaments.
Rohr has preferred foreign-based players over their domestic counterparts in the course of his four years in charge of the Super Eagles.
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