AFCON: Eagles could play Ghana, Senegal friendly – Rohr
The coach also warned that his team has to treat their AFCON group opponents with respect.
The 2013 African champions, who have been drawn in Group B for the upcoming AFCON could play West-African sides Ghana and Senegal in friendly games ahead of the tournament, according to Gernot Rohr.
In what looked like a push over group for the three-time AFCON winners, the coach of the team Gernot Rohr, posited that his side would treat their opponents with respect and revealed that Nigeria could play both Ghana and Senegal in warm-up-games.
The Franco-German, in a tweet on the Super Eagles official Twitter handle,said: “Group B will be tough. Guinea, Madagascar, and Burundi are decent sides so we have to prepare well.
“We plan to play build up games vs Ghana (in Nigeria), and maybe Senegal.”
The Super Eagles last played the Black Stars of Ghana in 2011 at the Vicarage Stadium, England, in a friendly game that ended goalless draw – while a Kelechi Iheanacho’s 83rd minutes penalty cancelled Mousa Sow’s strike the last time Nigeria played the Teranga Lions.
Meanwhile speaking ahead of the draws, Rohr pronounced that he was happy that his side would not be facing host nation Egypt in the group stage of the competition.
By the virtue of being seeded in the same group, Nigeria couldn’t be drawn in the same group with the most successful country in AFCON’s history, and speaking to CAF online ahead of the draws, the former Burkina Faso, Niger, and Gabon manager said, “… we are in the same pot so we can’t meet Egypt because to play the host country is always very difficult.
“Especially, when you have a big team like you have here in Egypt. But when you see the pot number two, all the teams can win it. You have Ghana, Guinea, Mali, and Cote d’lvoire … all big teams.
“Even in the third pot, you have South Africa and some teams like that. Who can be able to win it? So really you have in this tournament the best teams in Africa.”
The competition starts on the 21st of June, and ends on the 13th of July