Ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has stated that the Nigeria side is not one of the favourites to win the competition.
Rohr stated this during a pre-match news conference in Asaba, ahead of Super Eagles qualifier match against Seychelles on Friday.
The National side and Senagal had been tipped as the favourites to win the tournament by the national team coach of Moroco.
Rohr while reacting to his statement said though his side has improve since their appearance at the World Cup in Russia there is still a lot of work to be done.
“We have to work, we have young players in the team, most of them new in the team.”
“It is not easy to go to a major tournament and win, most especially when we don’t have a player playing in the champions league.”
“However, we have a big chance to go far at AFCON in Egypt, because since the last World Cup, I see the team has improved.”
“So, I am very optimistic that we will do very well and challenge for the cup, but the main favourites are Egypt and Morocco.”
“Morroco are currently number one in Africa going by the latest FIFA ranking. Also, Egypt will be playing at home, with a large home crowd behind them,”