Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr has played down insinuations that there’s pressure on his team to clinch a fourth Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) crown next month in Egypt, AOIFootball.com reports.
The Franco-German disclosed to former NFF Reform committee member, Osasu Obayiuwana via a telephone conversation, that the Super Eagles no longer command big name players on the continent.
“We start our preparations on June 2nd and I think that if all things go well, we will have a good tournament. We must, however, respect every opponent because there are no longer minnows in football.
“We don’t have big players like Senegal and Egypt so we must work collectively as a team because this is where our strength lies,” Rohr said.
Quoting former German World Cup winning coach Sepp Herberger, Rohr stated that: “The most difficult game is always the next ahead of us. I have a young team full of potential but we are not favourites to win the AFCON,” Rohr concluded.
The Super Eagles will begin their preparation of next month’s AFCON in Asaba on the 2nd of June before hosting Zimbabwe in an international friendly six days later at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
The team will then depart for Egypt on the 9th of June before also facing Senegal on the 13th in Ismaily where they will camp before heading to Alexandria for their opening game against Burundi on the 22 of June.