The national team coach has revealed that for the Super Eagles to be successful again the local league has to develop
Super Eagles chief strategist, Stephen Keshi said on SuperSport that Nigeria was not looking to avoid any of the teams and that here were other good teams like Mali, Libya, Liberia, and Sierra Leone that people should be wary of.
He also revealed that he will continue to invite locally based players to the national team in the future to help build the local league.
"I am building around the home-based players because i think that is the basic of any national team,” Keshi told SuperSport.
“If you look at Euro 2012, most of the teams that made the latter stages of the competition had the bulk of the players - like 90% of the team home based in the local league.”
He added that if the home based players are not given the chance to play in the national team, the local league will never develop because every other kid is looking to play abroad before coming to the national team and in my opinion this is the wrong system.
“You need to develop the local players as the likes of us came from the local league before moving to Europe so why do we think that in Europe they make us for us to play for Nigeria - it is wrong.
“We need to build the team around the home based but I am not saying the team will be wholly home based because you need the experience out there to form a good team.”
Keshi though agreed he was taking a risk that could get him fired but insisted that he had a vision on how the team was to be rebuilt and he will follow that template though he chipped in that the Aminu Maigari-led Nigeria Football Federation board were behind him a 100%.
"I care less about been fired. I am going to build and the FA [NFF] is solidly behind the project,” Keshi confidently concluded.