Eagles handlers must watch the League- Iroha

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Ben Iroha
Former Heartland assistant coach, Ben Iroha insists handlers of the national team must begin to watch the Nigerian Premier League to get the best of talent.

Iroha¸ who played for the Super Eagles between 1989 and 1998 including the World Cups in 1994 and 1998 told naijafootball247.blogspot.com that Clemens Westahof as coach of the national in the 90s took time to watch the league and invited players from the league.

“Back then I was a home based player in the national team, same as Uche Okechukwu, Isaac Semitoje, Herbert Anijekwu, Daniel Amokachi, Finidi George and many others and the good thing about a system like that is that it brings about competition.

“It is not like all players in the home league are good enough for the national team but you can only tell the difference if as a coach you spend time watching the home league,” Iroha said.

He said he was saddened that Heartland played in the final of the CAF Champions League last season but could not get any of her players in the national team for the Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup in 2010.

“I just believe our coaches should look inwards. Having players in the home league that feature regularly for the national team will bring about competition and it is this competition that will help our football grow.”

Iroha was assistant coach to Austin Eguavoen in the games against Korea, Madagascar and Guinea but it is not clear if he will remain assistant coach after changes are made to the ranks.
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