Nigerian soccer fans will have to be full of prayers that the country will get a balanced and quality squad based on merit for this year’ World Cup in Russia, s reports indicate that external pressure from players’ agents threaten to derail a proper selection by the coaching crew.
The reports reveals that several agents are trying to influence his choice of players for the team ahead of Monday’s deadline of naming a 35-man provisional squad for the World Cup.
This much has been confirmed by Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, who admitted that there has been renewed pressure from these agents as the stock of their clients would rise if they are included on the roster.
The coach, however, said he has no intention of dropping the players that qualified for Russia 2018 and it is thought that the provisional roster will contain ninety percent of the players summoned for the pre-World Cup friendlies against Poland and Serbia.
Rohr confessed: ”Some agents are calling me or sending me messages about their players, they want me to take them but it is not pressure.
”They try to do some things but they see that I don’t accept their proposal. I have a look, sometimes; they try to work for the players which is normal.
”I have never been under pressure, I never got money proposal to take one player because they know my reputation, 45 years in professional football I never did it.”