Yusuf has defended his boss Gernot Rohr on the criticism that he has ignored home-based players.
Criticisms of Rohr from some quarters that Rohr do not have players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in his Super Eagles plans.
Yusuf, however, denied those criticisms, insisting that Rohr would love to give every player an opportunity.
“I don’t believe on this idea that the home-based players have been abandoned by the Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr,” Yusuf told Soccernet.
“I am of the view that some of the home based players will still play a major part in the team’s World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.
“Rohr has always love to give every player equal opportunity to play in the senior national team regardless of your club status and I am so sure they will be given a look in if they continue to improve their standard.
“Besides, you can observe that even the standard of the Nigerian league has improved, something which has caught the attention of the technical adviser and also myself. Mind you, I am the eyeball of the NPFL and I won’t be happy if we ignore the NPFL stars.”
All eyes will now be on Rohr who is expected to name some players from the NPFL for Super Eagles friendly games against Senegal and Burkina Faso in March 2017.