Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has predicted a complicated 2022 for his team due to the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations by a year.
Rohr, however, expressed confidence in his team’s chances of qualifying for the competition and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar via a statement on Monday, July 13.
1st News had reported last week that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced that the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be held in Cameroon in 2022 after the coronavirus pandemic forced a change in the football calendar.
Qualifying matches for the competition were also postponed in March; while games billed to hold later this year was shifted to 2021.
“The 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,” Rohr explained.
“But it 2022 will be a difficult year because already in 2021; there are many 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).”
Rohr, who has been coaching the Super Eagles since 2016, led the team to a third-place finish at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.
The German tactician in June penned a new two-year contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in April.