Gernot Rohr, coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, has disclosed that the Super Eagles will benefit from the postponement of AFCON championship, but it is looking a lot tough for the coming years in football.
AFCON is an abbreviated form of Africa Cup of Nations, which was originally scheduled for January 2021 and had been moved by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The competition will now be played the same year as the World Cup, and Rohr feels qualification for both competitions will be a tough task for Eagles champions.
According to Rohr, 2022 will be a very tough year for the Super Eagles owing to a number of high profile competitions lined up for the year.
Speaking with Complete Sports, the Nigerian coach also expressed his belief that although the postponement of AFCON Championship will allow his team to prepare adequately, the presence of other qualifying for both tournaments would be a tough task as “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” he said.
We can continue the qualifiers start the World Cup qualifiers at the same time, 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)” he concluded.
CANDIID ONLINE recalls that Rohr’s contract was extended with the Nigeria Football Federation for two and a half years (NFF) in April. Rohr, 66, has been in charge of the three-time African champions since 2016.
The former Niger and Gabon coach-led Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations staged in Egypt, where the team placed third.