Rohr Assures Of 2022 AFCON, World Cup Tickets
As global football prepares to recover from the ravaging impact of Coronavirus with several world cups and continental as well as national leagues suffering various stoppages for months, concerns have been expressed on how the round leather game would bounce back.
In May, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr signed a two-and-a-half year deal to remain the three-time Africa Cup of Nations champions handler despite worries expressed in some quarters over the continued relationship between the NFF and the Franco-German coach.
But with the contract issues sorted out and the NFF given him the mandate to win the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON in Cameroon as well as qualify for the 2022 World Cup, Rohr has expressed optimism that he has the team to deliver although he believes that that getting the tickets would be a difficult ocean to navigate by the Eagles.
The 2019 AFCON bronze winning coach disclosed that 2022 will be tough for Nigeria’s senior national football team because of the loaded qualifiers his team would have to negotiate to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup.
The Eagles handler is however confident of his team’s chances of picking the two important tickets as a result of the quality of the team which according to him is loaded with ambitious and talented very young players that are desperate to make the Nation proud and also make name for themselves.
“The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is postponed. It is the same for everybody so it is not a disadvantage. We have more time to prepare so also other countries too,” Rohr told Sporting Life.
“We can continue the qualifiers and start at the same time the World Cup qualifiers.
“But it will be a tough Year 2022 because already in 2021 there is a lot of qualifying games to play by the (Super Eagles) team.
“I think we will have the time for a few friendly games. “In the Year 2022 if we have qualified for both the World
Cup and the AFCON there will be a lot, lot of games to play. So it’s definitely going to be a tough year (2022),” he said.