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Ajileye wants quota for league players enforced at eagles’ selection

August 26, 2019
Tunde Ajileye (middle)

Nigerian striker, Tunde Ajileye, has called on the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to adhere strictly to the home-based players quota in the Super Eagles so that the Nigerian league players will have their fair share in the national team.

Ajileye told Sportingtribune that it is erroneous on the part of Super Eagles’ chief coach, Gernot Rohr, to think that there are no national team materials in the league.

‘’Kudos to the Super Eagles for doing Nigeria proud at AFCON but the Madagascar example should tell us the truth, we were beaten 2-0 by a predominantly home-based opposition. They also went as far as the quarterfinal of the competition. Do we then conclude that Madagascar league is superior to the NPFL? I don’t think so.

Ajileye explained that with proper scouting, genuine national team players abound the league.

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‘’I watch a lot of football and I realise it is a game of opportunity. I have played across grassroots for Atiba FC, Afijio, Ikare United and Akure City, not every good player will have the chance to play abroad at the same time, so it is not right that from the amateur to the NPFL level, only a goalkeeper in Ikechukwu Ezenwa is being given the chance to be with the Super Eagles.

The striker who also plays as a winger thus advised the NFF to stick with the provision of a quota for home-based players in the Eagles.

‘’The NFF should not leave the technical crew to decide, it should invoke the submission of the technical committee that stipulates a quota for league players in the Eagles. The national team belongs to all eligible players who can do the colours and flag proud.’’

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