The outbreak of coronavirus has halted sports activities around the globe and thereby causing postponement to various football competitions in the year.
Part of the tournaments affected is the qualifier for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and the tournament proper which has now been moved to early 2022.
Although the Super Eagles coach admitted that he has no problem with the postponement of the competition but he revealed he is predicting a difficult, complicated, and a tough 2022 for the Nigeria national team.
“The African Cup of Nations (AFCON) is postponed. It’s the same for everyone so it’s not a drawback. We have more time to prepare as well as for other countries. We can continue the qualifiers start the World Cup qualifiers at the same time ”
” But it will be a difficult 2022 year because already in 2021, there are a lot of qualifying matches to play for the team (Super Eagles). I think we will have time to play a few friendlies.
“In the year 2022, if we have qualified for the World Cup and the AFCON, there will be many, many games to play. So it will certainly be a difficult year (2022)."
Here we highlight five reasons why the former Bordeaux defender is expecting a challenging 2022 for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
With the Africa Cup of Nations and the FIFA World Cup in Qatar taking place each year (2020), this would create a lot of games to be played by the Nigerian national team during the year and the subsequent ones.
EAGLES FUTURE AT STAKE
The future of Gernot Rohr with the Super Eagles of Nigeria depends on his performance in both tournaments.
When he signed a renewal with the Nigeria Football Federation NFF in June, the former Bayern Munich defender is expected to lead the country to the final of AFCON and qualify for the world cup.
Failure to meet these conditions will mean that he will lose his place with the Nigerian national team.
After what happened at the previous editions of both tournaments in Russia (World Cup) and Egypt (AFCON), Nigerians will be of high hopes and expectations ahead of both tournaments which will be taking place in 2020.
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