NPFL Stars snubbed for lack of funds

By Daily Sports on April 30, 2016

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Christopher Green, the chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation's Technical Committee said that its decision to overlook home-based players for next month's international friendly matches was due to lack of funds and not for technical reasons.

The NFF announced a list of 26 players with goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa of Sunshine Stars the only NPFL player called up for the Mali and Luxembourg ties in Europe.

A development that has attracted heavy criticism from media, fans and stakeholders following the snub of home-based players, most surprisingly with local coaches led by Salisu Yusuf in charge.

Green explained that the NFF did not have enough funds to cater for training camps for the home-based players and logistics to prosecute the friendly scheduled for Europe.

He assured the domestic players are still part of it development plans with the Super Eagles, but lamented sentiments from media and fans that had trail the list.

"The challenges of funds before the NFF forced us to settle for the foreign players," Green told Abuja-based television ITV via telephone. 

"The NFF is broke and do not have funds to organise training camp for the home-based. With the foreign-based players, cost of transporting players [mostly based in Europe] to France and accommodation will be less burden.

"We need to overlook sentiments in matters of who is invited to the Super Eagles so far such person is a Nigerian. 

"Either home based or foreign based player, everyone deserves a chance to play for his country at the senior level. We are aware of the quality and talent in the domestic league and we have big plans for them," he concluded.

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Posted April 30, 2016

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