A former assistant coach of the Super Eagles, Joe Erico, has said the recent transfer of players from the Nigeria Professional Football League to foreign leagues is good for the country’s league. This is contrary to the argument put up by some other Nigerian coaches that the players were leaving the country too soon and at the wrong time.
The off season of the country’s league has witnessed the exodus of the league’s star players to other African countries and Europe.
Enugu Rangers’ forward, Osaguona Ighodaro, has moved to Moroccan side, Raja Casablanca, Warri Wolves forward, Gbolahan Salami, recently signed for Red Star Belgrade in the Serbian League, Dolphin also has Emem Eduok signing for Tunisia’s Esperance while Peter Ebimobowei joined Egypt’s Al Ahly from Bayelsa United.
Although many more players like league’s highest goal scorer, Mfon Udoh of Enyimba, could still leave before the new season of the NPFL begins in March, there have been concerns over the impact the players’ movement could have on the league and their careers but Erico told our correspondent that there should be no cause for alarm because the players’ move would help their careers.
“The movement of these players from the Nigerian local league is a good development for the country’s league and the players because it tells the outside world that our league is gradually growing and that our players too are very good,” the former goalkeeper said.
“It tells us that although the team they played for here might not be good as a unit, the players are individually good and can compete anywhere else.
“The players cannot really stay back at home because the conditions of playing here are not that fantastic. One cannot compare an offer of $5,000 and above for their services outside Nigeria to the less than $1,000 they earn at home.
“The moves are for the development of their careers and the betterment of their professional experiences.”
Erico added that the move of the players will bring the best talents for the national team adding that it will afford the clubs the opportunity to groom more players and increase the competitiveness in the league.
He said, “You cannot tie talents down. Talent is something that finds its way of showing. These players going out are going for proper harnessing and the impact will rub on the national team as a whole in the long run.”
By Edos News