Team Manager of El Marino Sports Club Lagos, Mr Anthony Akamagwuna, has made a strong case for home players, appealing to the Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, to include them into the national team.
According to Akamagwuna, the Super Eagles coach may not need to always rely on foreign-based Nigerian players to prosecute matches because there are many talents in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).
Speaking with newsmen shortly after he was returned as Team Manager of the prestigious Lagos sports club, El Marino, Akamagwuna said, “Although the Super Eagles are doing well at the moment, there is still need for the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the national team coach, Gernot Rohr to properly access our local league for local players that can be invited to the Super Eagles team.”
He further said, “I believe that there are talents there who can replace our aging players. What they need is an opportunity to prove themselves and build their confidence.”
Akamagwuna also called for the rejuvenation of the moribund Principals Cup football competition for Secondary Schools explaining that, it is a viable platform for the discovery of raw talents and an effective tool for football development in the country.
During the poll held at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Lagos-based sport outfit in Asaba, Delta State, PR expert, Charles Igbinidu, was elected as the Secretary General of El Marino.
Also elected were Paul Asamota as Deputy Secretary General, Ignatius Njoku as Team Captain, Edirin Yubvovwre as Financial Secretary, Babatunde Adebayo as Welfare Secretary, Godwin Edomaruse as Deputy Welfare Secretary amongst others.