The former Super Eagles goalkeeper Ike Shorunmu has backed the decision of the football authority in mandating the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to dedicate time in bringing the homegrown talents into the limelight.
Ike Anabi, as he is fondly called by his admirers came to limelight with Stationery Stores, before he joined defunct Concord FC and later joined Shooting Stars Sports Club insists that Nigeria should consume what we produced as developments wouldn’t come while there are no commensurate investments.
“There’s a lot of great players in our league but we need to believe in them,”Ike Shorunmu who was at the World Cup Mundial in Japan/Korea 2002 after suffering a last-minute setback in the previous world tourney told FUBF, a leading Soccer Platform on Saturday’s evening.
The former Samsunspor FC goalkeeper said Rohr is not to be blamed for not considering the Nigeria Professional Football Players (NPFL) players good enough for the senior national team in the first contract he signed then because the clause of developing the home-based players was not stipulated in the contract.
“Most likely it was not emphasized to local chaps in the main agreement he marked with NFF, without having a backup group at home, it will be hard for him to have a team full of quality players.
“With the new agreement and plans he had with the NFF presently, am certain he will adjust his perspective to glance around and remain more in the nation to pick the players he needs to use in front of future rivalries,” Shorunmu who was part of the training group as a coach that won the AFCON 2013 in South Africa having neglected to win it as a player concluded.