Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has revealed plans to play friendly matches with Ghana and Senegal as part of final build up to the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. The German also served up a strong hint that his team would camp in Asaba, Delta
State and Ismailia, Egypt in preparation for the biennial championship which will see Nigeria confrontGuinea, Madagascarand BurundiinGroupBof the24-teamtournament. Although Rohr admitted that details of the build-up programme were yet to be finalised by
Nigeria Football Federation, the team would play two high-profile friendlies before the tournament starts from June 21 to July 13. Rohr, in an interview on a Lagos-based radio station on Monday, added that a similar game against Senegal in Ismaili was also on
the cards for the three-time African champions, as he wants to hit the ground running with adequate plans for the tourney.
“We were in Asaba for our last two matches, and we are looking at the centre to camp again, and play against Ghana before going to Egypt. “In Egypt, we will go to Ismaili. We want to play a match in Ismaili before the Nations Cup, probably against Senegal. “We
train in Ismaili, then we play the competition. We are hopeful, and we are ready to play. “We have young players who want to do well and win the cup.
They will use Egypt to build their careers; but we must prepare well,” Rohr said. Ismailia is situated on the west bank of the Suez Canal, it is the capital of the Ismailia Governorate, located approximately halfway between Port Said to the north and Suez to
The 65-year-old German and his players would, however, have to be conscious of what they wear, eat and do during their stay in Ismailia, while also considering the weather. Rohr, who once coached Gabon, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic posited that the Eagles
would go all out to make up for missing out on the past two editions of the competition, which he described as the point of Africa’s football exhibition, and another avenue to develop the career of players.