Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is confident of his team’s chances of qualifying for the Round of 16 of the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations after being drawn into what he labels an uneasy Group B also comprising Burundi, Madagascar and Guinea.
Rohr, who led Nigeria to qualify for the AFCON 2019 tournament with a game to spare, also admitted that the Eagles’ opponents were not easy teams.
“It’s a group that is not easy. Madagascar were the first team to qualify for the tournament,” Rohr said after the draw in Cairo.
“Burundi have the second top scorer in the AFCON qualifiers while Guinea have a young team, and I think it’s not going to be easy but we are confident.”
Fiston Abdul-Razak of Burundi scored six goals during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series, one behind top scorer Odion Ighalo.
Both Madagascar and Burundi, Saido Berahino’s team, are two of the three teams making their debut at the tournament.
Rohr also urges his players to finish the season well and avoid injuries ahead of the tournament.
“To my players, they have to finish the season well and not to be injured. We can be confident.”
Also, Ahmed Musa is delighted to see the Eagles drawn in Group B of the 2019 AFCON.
Musa admitted that the AFCON matches would not be easy despite finishing as group winners during the qualifying series.
“I feel very happy with the draw,” Musa said in a skype interview.
“We have a good group no doubt, but with these new teams in our group, it won’t be easy for the Super Eagles.
“It has not been easy missing out on the last two editions, but we are back now. The Super Eagles have a young squad, but I am confident we can achieve something.
“The qualifiers were good preparation for us. We will have more preparations before the tournament proper.”