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AFCON 2019: Rohr Closes Door On New Players
Eagles 70 Per Cent Ready For AFCON, Says Rohr

The Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has declared that he will not be welcoming any new player to the squad ahead of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON in Egypt.

Despite admitting goalkeeping concerns, the Super Eagles boss insisted that he will stick and work with the players at hand.

The 65-year-old Franco-Geman told BBC; “We have a little challenge because our young goalkeeper Uzoho has not really played at his club this season,

Uzoho made one mistake in the last qualifier [against Seychelles] but we gave him a chance with the youth under-23 and it was good for his confidence.

Daniel Akpeyi is playing now for a big team in South Africa and doing very well. Our third goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is good so we can work harder with them.

“We have a good spirit as a team since the World Cup, so there’s no time to bring in new players,” Rohr said.

The Super Eagles qualified as group leaders during the Afcon qualifiers and were drawn against Burundi, Madagascar and Guinea.

However, speaking winning the tournament in Egypt, the coach said; “We can work on every aspect to improve the team, that is why we have the friendly matches,

“We qualified without two of our most experienced players in Obi Mikel and Victor Moses.

“I know what pressure is because I have experienced it with Gabon as hosts in 2012 – so this [challenge] is nothing new.

“For the World Cup our president said we could go to the semi-finals but we saw what happened. Now in Egypt, he says we have to win it.

“We work now to make a great tournament then we take it from there.”

Nigeria kick-off their campaign against Burundi on June 22 before they slug it out with Guinea four days later and wrap up their Group B games against Madagascar on June 30.