“Oyibo Eagles” – Nigerian Players Born Abroad Have Mental Edge Over Home Based Players


As the debate over the none inclusion of home based players in the Super Eagles continue to rage on, a follower of the Nigerian Professional Football League Moses James has given his view while Gernot Rohr possibly prefers players born abroad ahead of the players in the Nigerian League.


Rohr has been criticized in some quarters with most people unhappy with his idea of convincing players of Nigeria descent, most of who have represented other countries to switch allegiance to the Super Eagles.

The term “Oyibo Eagles” was introduced by some followers of the team, due to the influx of so many players born abroad, following the recent capture of Chelsea Ola Aina, QPR Ebere Eze and Arsenal Chuba Akpom.

” I follow the NPFL very well, and it’s clear to see that the mentality of our home based players is not ripe for senior national team assignment, with all due respect and I have my reasons for saying so”, James told Owngoalnigeria.com.

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” An average Nigeria League player has a mentality of winning away from home is a tall order, and they also believe if they lose games away it’s entirely the fault of the referee even at home without truly assessing their own peformance.
” Such players have a defeated mindset even when they are called up to the team, they fell they won’t be selected because most Nigerian teams recruit this boys with the help of some people in high places, which is not same in the national team”.

*Ade Emmanuel