The Super Falcons coach says his choice of more home-based players in the national team was due to the budding talents in the women's domestic league
Former Nigeria women coach Edwin Okon has explained his bias in the invitation of more home-based players, citing the huge potentials in the country's domestic league.
The Rivers Angels trainer who led the Super Falcons to win the 2014 Africa Women's Cup of Nations in Namibia, urged national team handlers to step up their scout of talents in the country.
He further tasks the NFF and the new board to improve the quality of preparations towards enhancing the country's chances during international women competitions.
"Yes, I'm excited [seeing better competition among the girls] in the women league," Okon told Goal.
"If those that are in charge [national team coaches] will stand up to pick those [home-based players] that will represent the country.
"With the new board, I think we can as well get players in this country that could be like [Asisat] Oshoala.
"It all depends on how we put our foot on the ground to look for them. We need to stop all this shabby approach to preparation for women football competitions.
"There are so many players in this country [that could play for the national team].
"We don't need to think of the foreign-based players. When I was in the national team, people say I hate the foreign-based players. No, I do not!.
"So, before you can convince me that you are outside there - then you must be exceptional."