Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has stated home-based players were omitted from his latest selection for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches because they are not fit enough.

The Super Eagles will host Benin for their Group L opening game at Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Wednesday with only Enyimba defender Ifeanyi Anaemena making Rohr’s 23-man squad after replacing Bryan Idowu.

During an interview, President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick said the German tactician will be tasked to monitor the domestic league when he renews his contract which will expire in June.

In his response to the comment on Tuesday, Rohr admitted a difference in opinion with Pinnick and defended his choice of players after the 2019-20 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season started on November 3.