Nigerian born players using Eagles invitation as Bait for foreign Call-up- Rohr
Nigeria senior national team manager, Gernot Rohr has accused Danish Player Philip Billing and his agent as well as few other players of using their country of birth as a bait to get foreign national team call-up.
It could be recalled that after initially rumoured to have agreed to star for the Super Eagles, Bournemouth midfielder Philip Billing , said he never had Nigeria on his mind.
The coach of Nigeria’s super eagles has explained what transpired between him and 23-year-old Phillip Billing, who recently quashed a report linking him to Nigeria.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has equally stated he would never beg any player to play for the national team, and suggested Bournemouth midfielder used him to get the attention of the Danish national team manager.
“Billing was born to a Nigerian father and Danish mother and has represented the European country’s youth team, but is still eligible to feature for the Super Eagles having not played for Denmark at senior level.
“Last month, the forward quashed a report making rounds that he had agreed to pledge his allegiance to Nigeria, stating he felt more like a Dane and revealed he has told Rohr of his intention to play for the Danish team.”
The Franco-German tactician, however, explained how Billing’s agent called him to explain his client was interested in playing for Nigeria and he did a follow-up by calling the player.
“Billing’s agent called me and he said that he is interested to come to Nigeria because he is not playing so much in Denmark,” Rohr told ESPN.
“So he wanted me to call Billing. I said I don’t have his number, so he gave me his number. When I called Billing he asked me some questions about the Nigerian team.