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Gernot Rohr Confesses It Will Be Very Hard For The Super Eagles To Win The 2021 AFCON, Because They Are Not The Best In Africa

Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, has said that “it is hard for his team to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, because they are not the best team on the continent”.

The German Tactician, recently agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal, to continue his work as the handler of the three-time African champions, putting to bed speculations surrounding his future with the Super Eagles.

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 to win the next AFCON, in Cameroon.

The 66-year-old guided the Super Eagles to a third-place finish in Egypt, last year; however, he disclosed that the new target may 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.” 

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 that he understands the risks that come with the new contract.

He is also confident that the squad he has 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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