- Gernot Rohr has listed three north african countries and Senegal as favourites to lift the 2019 AFCON in Egypt
- Rohr revealed that after missing two previous tournaments Nigeria's Super Eagles are not among the continent’s best ranked teams
- Egypt will host the 2019 AFCON during the summer break
Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has listed three countries ahead of Nigeria with the potentials to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
According to allnigeriasoccer.com report, Rohr believes three North African nations, who are among Africa’s top ranked countries along with Senegal are favorites for the title.
The Franco-German tactician insists three-time AFCON champions Nigeria’s Super Eagles cannot be ranked among the continent’s three best teams at the moment.
Speaking further, Rohr, who is expected to lead Nigeria’s quest for fourth AFCON title in the summer, explained that non-participation in the last two editions of Africa’s most glamorous football fiesta, has impacted negatively in the country’s monthly FIFA ranking.
''No, I do not think we can say that. When we look at the ranking of Africa and FIFA, we are not the first African country,'' Rohr was quoted as saying to girondins4ever.com.
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''There are other countries in front of us, I think we are fourth. There is Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt that may be favourite at home for the AFCON, there is also Senegal in front of us.
''The ranking is not just the latest results, but for a few years. In 2014, 2015, Nigeria was not great and did not qualify for the last two AFCON. It has somewhat handicapped its ranking at FIFA and Africa.''
At the last count, the Super Eagles have reached the semifinal stage 14 times since the tournament debuted, with only Egypt’s Pharaohs have a better semis appearance at 15.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Gernot Rohr has revealed that Super Eagles current squad will not parade an exceptional player during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
According to allnigeriasoccer.com citing TV Continental, the Franco-German tactician stressed that after no Nigerian made Africa's best XI at the 2018 CAF Awards, the Eagles must play as a unit to be successful at Africa’s greatest football fiesta in Egypt.
He disclosed that the current Super Eagles squad have no big stars.
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