2021 AFCON: Rohr Ranks Eagles Group Tough
Written by MaryGift Sunday on August 19, 2021
Coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that the Super Eagles’ work is cut out at next year’s Total/Energy African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Cameroon 2021 after Nigeria was drawn on Tuesday’s night against Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea Bissau in Group D.
The 68-year-old German said the three times AFCON winner Nigeria must be Teutonic to withstand the tournament’s most successful team and Seven-time winners, Pharaohs of Egypt as well as Sudan and Guinea Bissau.
“Yes, we have a tough group,” former Burkina Faso and Gabon national team coach said matter-of-factly immediately after the draws were held at the Yaounde Conference Centre. “Egypt, everybody knows and wanted to avoid but it is okay.
“We have Sudan with a French coach (Hubert Veuld) who is a personal friend and who has really done a good job since he arrived there and qualified for the AFCON from a difficult group and of course, Guinea Bissau is not going to be easy.”
Yet the former Bayern Munich defender was quick to add that the Super Eagles can navigate their section and proceed to the next round with good preparation ahead of the 24-team tournament to be hosted in Cameroon between January 19 and February 6, 2022.
“We would be very prepared, “assured Rohr whose side defeated Egypt 1-0 in a pre-2019 AFCON final international friendly in Asaba before they finished third at the championship held in Egypt.
“We need to be ready especially for the first match against Egypt on January 11th at the Roumde-Adjia Stadium in Garoua and tomorrow(Wednesday), we are going to visit Garoua because we understand it’s very hot and humid there, and it might not be easy for the Europe-based players coming from the winter cold in January,” he added.