AFCON 2019: Super Eagles Coach Rohr Wary Of Nigeria's Group Foes
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is expecting a tough challenge from his AFCON 2019 group stage opponents.
Nigeria will battle the Syli Nationale of Guinea, Intamba Mu Rugamba of Burundi and Madagascar, the first team to qualify for the finals, in the group phase of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The four teams are in Group B.
Rohr, who was tt the draw ceremony conducted against the background of the Giza Pyramids in Cairo at the weekend, said Nigeria has to be at their best, if they hope to go beyond the group phase.
“It is a tough group and we have to be at our best and our fittest. Guinea has a young, tough team and we will have to be at our best against them.
"Burundi eliminated Gabon even with their Pierre Aubameyang. Madagascar was the first team to qualify.
"It would be a great showpiece of football but it is important for our players to avoid injuries as the season heads towards the end.”
Of the Super Eagles’ three opponents in the group stage, Madagascar and Burundi are debutants, while Guinea, who picked silver ahead of Nigeria at the league-format 1976 AFCON in Ethiopia, are making their 12th appaearance. Nigeria are going for their 18th appearance.
Matches of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals, set for 21st June – 19th July, will take place at the Cairo International Stadium, Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Suez Stadium, Ismailia Stadium and the Air Defence Stadium in Cairo.