The German coach was present in Los Angeles to monitor the Super Eagles players parading against Mexico
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has hinted that he may include some players from Nigeria’s professional football league in his squad for their 2022 FIFA qualifier starting in September.
He was on the bench when the home side suffered a 4-0 international friendly against Mexico on Sunday.
Despite the disappointing score, Rohr praised the NPFL stars for their efforts in Los Angeles and looks forward to working with some of them in his regular team during the next final window.
“Mexico is number eleven in the world and they have shown why,” said the former Bordeaux manager the NFF media. “Our young team are the best professional players from Nigeria playing at home. They tried too well, they learned a lot and I saw some interesting players who could be part of the next World Cup qualifier in September.
“This match today we have learned a lot and that is why we are happy to see this match in these circumstances like a normal football match.”
After qualifying for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the Super Eagles have their sights set on the World Cup in Qatar next year.
Rohr concluded that Sunday’s meeting with Mexico was a good lesson for the home players who could play a role in their qualifying campaign for the global competition.
“In September we will have the World Cup qualifiers and we will start in third place in Lagos at home against Liberia, and a few days later we will go to Cape Verde for the second match,” he added.
‘We have a group of four teams and we have to finish in this group first and then advance to the play-offs where we will play against any team from the other nine groups.
‘It’s been a long road to the World Cup, but today’s match gave me the idea of some local players who could be part of some of these big matches.
‘Like last time, we want to qualify for the World Cup and then meet teams like Mexico that have shown how good they are with their movement, speed, fitness and technique. So it was a good lesson for our local players today and I think Mexico is one of the favorites for the Gold Cup. ”