To say we have to win the AFCON is not my philosophy – Gernot Rohr


Gernot RohrNigeria Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has said winning the AFCON 2019 is not in how he is approaching the competition.

The Nigerian Presidency and several former players have charged the Super Eagles to seek the AFCON 2019 glory but that is no what coach Rohr sees in contention.

”Our aim at this moment is to stay humble and not get too excited,” the Nigeria coach told BBC Sport.

“To say we have to win the Afcon is not my philosophy because we are a very young team,” Rohr said to BBC Football Africa.

“Already the president said we must win it, but this is not the ideology. We are only making a return after a period of absence so we have to play with happiness and enthusiasm in Egypt.”

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The 65-year-old German further cautioned that his squad are a young group, yet a semi-finals progress is possible.

“Our young team will do the best. We have a chance to reach the last four, which for me is already a good result. They did very well in Russia and won hearts, I can tell from the reactions of the fans at home and everywhere I go.

“In defence we have Balogun who is very mature. The captain Mikel is back in midfield. John Ogu is experienced and we already know everything about [Wilfred] Ndidi.

“Alex Iwobi is young but brings experience in the forwards. Ahmed Musa and Ighalo also have experience. We must find a way to blend them all together.

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Positive experience from their spirited performance in Russia,” Rohr added.

Meanwhile one of the brighest and youngest Super Eagles talents, Samuel Chukwueze has said rumors linking him from his club,Villarreal to England is just a media manipulated news to distract him.



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