Rohr on why ‘Nigeria not number one in Africa’ , Difficult to win AFCON

Rohr reveals why ‘Nigeria not number one in Africa’, Difficult to win AFCON

The ex-Bordeaux boss was granted the mandate to win Cameroon’s next continental showpiece after he extended his deal with the Super Eagles.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said that winning the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is hard for his side, as they are not the continent’s best team.

Recently, the German tactician agreed to a two-and-a-half-year contract to continue his job as the three-time African champions’ handler, putting speculation about his future to rest.

On Wednesday, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick revealed the conditions in the new contract which include a mandate to qualify the country for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar and also win the next Afcon in Cameroon.

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The 66-year-old guided the Super Eagles to a third-place finish in Egypt last year, however, he disclosed that the new target might be difficult to achieve.

“When you go to a tournament it is to win it,” Rohr told BBC Sport.

“We finished third in the last one, and everybody wants to progress. But we know also that it is very difficult to win this tournament because we are not number one in Africa.

“But it is good to have these milestones and ambition.”

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Aside from the competition targets, he is also expected to reside in Nigeria and receive his salary in local currency (naira).

Rohr, who previously coached Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso before joining the Super Eagles, said he understands the risks that come with the new contract.

He is also confident the squad he’s raised is capable of helping him to get the job done.

“My contract all the time is a risk because it is finished when we are eliminated from a competition – whether the Afcon or World Cup,” he added.

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