Super Eagles not favourites to win AFCON 2019 —Rohr

Super Eagles not favourites to win AFCON 2019 —Rohr


Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr , says Nigeria ’s national team is not favourites to lift the AFCON 2019 tournament which kicks off on June 21 in Egypt.

Rohr made the disclosure at a pre -match news conference in Asaba ahead of the Nigeria / Seychelles AFCON qualifier on Friday billed for Stephen Keshi Stadium , Asaba .

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Rohr was responding to a comment credited to Moroccan national team coach, Herve Renard , who tipped Nigeria and Senegal as favourites to lift AFCON 2019 .

Rohr said though the Super Eagles have improved since their outing at the last World Cup in Russia, a lot of work still needs to be done.

“We have to work , we have young players in the team , most of them new in the team .

“It is not easy to go to a major tournament and win, most especially when we don’t have a player playing in the champions league .

“However , we have a big chance to go far at AFCON in Egypt, because since the last World Cup, I see the team has improved.

“So , I am very optimistic that we will do very well and challenge for the cup , but the main favourites are Egypt and Morocco .

“Morroco are currently number one in Africa going by the latest FIFA ranking . Also , Egypt will be playing at home, with a large home crowd behind them .

On his expectations from the Sychelles game , the German -French soccer tactician said he expects the Super Eagles to defeat the Pirates of Seychelles .

He said the game against Seychelles is a very important game for the Super Eagles , most especially as they want to top the group .

“We want to have the highest goalscorer in the AFCON qualifier , we also want to top the group .

“So , the match against Seychelles is very important to us ,” Rohr said .

( NAN )

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