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Postponement of Afcon is not a drawback – Gernot Rohr

Postponement of Afcon is not a drawback – Gernot Rohr

Nigerian national team manager Gernot Rohr believes the postponement of the African Cup of Nations to 2022 is not a draw back.

Rohr says that it was necessary to move the tournament to enable teams have time to prepare.

The German however, predicts that 2022 will be a difficult year for the Super Eagles.

Rohr will have to find the right solution should the team qualify for both the 2022 World Cup and the next Africa Cup of Nations which will take place in the same year after being pushed back on the calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rohr fears that the players will be tired come the following year when the tournaments are played.

“The Africa Cup of Nations is postponed. It’s the same for everyone so it’s not a drawback,” Rohr told Girondins4ever.

“We have more time to prepare as well as for other countries. We can continue the play-offs and 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.

“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.”

Rohr signed a new contract with the NFF and has been tasked with the duty of making sure that the Super Eagles have a successful campaign at the World Cup and Afcon.


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