Lagos - Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has reassured players from the local Nigerian Professional Footballer League that they will be considered for selection.
The Super Eagles are preparing for an AFCON qualifier against Chad at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna next month, when Keshi insists that local players will get the chance to line up alongside their foreign-based counterparts.
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"Talent's abound in this league and we will continue to encourage them and give them that sense of belonging," he told SuperSport.
"I played in the Nigerian league before I went abroad during my playing days so I can't turn my back on players in the league now that I am coach of the national team.
"We all remember that players from the [NPFL] helped us a great deal to win the 2013 Afcon in South Africa.
"There will be a level playing ground and any local player who does well will get the chance to play even ahead of the foreign-based players."
"I have already invited 26 players from the league to fight for places in the team that will face Chad," Keshi said.For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.