Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr is not afraid of being in the same group as any country but he is wary of hosts Egypt as the draw for the African Cup of Nations is slated for April.
Reports suggested that three-time champions Super Eagles would know their first round opponents at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt when the draw is staged in April.
Rohr said the Eagles were a big side and shouldn’t be afraid of facing any opponents in the continental showpiece but it would be difficult confronting the home side Egypt.“When you qualify for a competition like this you should be ready to face any team; we are not afraid of playing against any side in the tournament but most times it is always very difficult to play against the host country. I have the experience when I was the coach of Gabon when they hosted the Nations Cup; the whole country usually behind the team, it is usually tough for their opponents,” he said.A top official of the Egypt Football Association disclosed the AFCON draw would be conducted in the first week of April.
“The draw will be in the first week of April,” EFA official Ahmed Medjahed said.
“Six stadiums for the competition are already ready, while we will have all nine stadiums for the AFCON by April.
The 2019 AFCON will see an expanded tournament of 24 teams and it will be played between June 15 and July 13.This will be Egypt’s fifth time of staging the African football showpiece after they hosted it in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006.
They are a late replacement for Cameroon, who CAF said were not ready to host the best of African football.