Gernot Rohr predicts tough year for Nigeria ahead of WC, AFCON qualifiers

Gernot Rohr predicts tough year for Nigeria ahead of WC, AFCON qualifiers

- Gernot Rohr believes the Super Eagles will benefit from the postponement of AFCON championship

- The competition will now be played the same year as the World Cup

- Rohr feels qualification for both competitions will be a tough task for the three-time AFCON kings

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Nigeria's technical adviser Gernot Rohr believes 2022 will be a very tough year for the Super Eagles owing to a number of high profile competitions lined up for the year.

The Africa Cup of Nations which was scheduled for January 2021 has been moved by a year due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Though, the German-born tactician feels the postponement will allow his team prepare adequately but insisted that qualifying for both tournaments would be a tough task as reported by Complete Sport.

The African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is postponed. It’s the same for everyone so it’s not a drawback. We have more time to prepare as well as for other countries.

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Gernot Rohr predicts tough year for Super Eagles ahead of World Cup, AFCON qualifications
Gernot Rohr celebrating with Super Eagles squad after winning bronze at AFCON 2019 tourney - credit: Getty Images
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"We can continue the qualifiers start the World Cup qualifiers at the same time,” Rohr was quoted by

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But it will be a difficult 2022 year because already in 2021, there are a lot of qualifying matches to play for the team (Super Eagles). I think we will have time to play a few friendlies.

In the year 2022, if we have qualified for the World Cup and the AFCON, there will be many, many games to play. So it will certainly be a difficult year (2022)”.

Rohr, who has been coaching the Super Eagles since 2016, led the team to a third-place at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.

The German tactician penned a new two-year contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in April. earlier reported that Gernot Rohr has explained why he has refused to make use of home-based stars in his Super Eagles squad.

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Only Heartland shot-stopper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has been able to break into the German tactician's squad in the past five years since he became coach of the national team.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the sports ministry have raised eyebrows on Rohr's decision not to invite players plying their trade in the Nigerian Professional League (NPFL).

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