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Complete Football Edition 9

  • Text
  • Rohr
  • Nigeria
  • Bafana
  • Eagles
  • Afcon
  • Stadium
  • Nations
  • African
  • Compete
  • Baxter

WHY SOUTH AFRICA MUST

WHY SOUTH AFRICA MUST FALL -ROHR Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr knows the importance of starting the 2017 AFCON qualification on a strong footing with a win against the Bafana Bafana. The Nigerian team has not qualified for two successive editions of the AFCON for the first time since 1976 and last appeared at the final when they won in South Africa in 2013. In this interview with Complete Football's Kayode OGUNDARE, the German believes his team has what it takes and knows what's at stake when both teams battle out alongside Libya and Seychelles for Group E's sole automatic ticket to Camroun 2019 but warns that Nigeria cannot afford to miss a third AFCON tournament in a row… The qualifiers for the AFCON 2019 kicks off this month. You were at the last African Cup of Nations in Gabon. What would you say were the lessons from the competition? I was at the AFCON in Gabon and I now realize what it means to participate at the tournament. The Super Eagles have not qualified for the Nations Cup since 2013. We also want to play at the AFCON and we must do everything possible to be there. I'm focused on the AFCON because Nigeria cannot afford to miss out of that competition again for the third time in a row. It's a big competition to celebrate Africa's best teams and Nigeria cannot afford not to be there when the best teams are counted. I saw some very good teams but I think the best team (Cameroun) won the competition. hat do you intend to Wachieve by attending domestic league games since the Super Eagles is largely foreign-based? We are constantly looking to improve the quality of the team and it doesn't matter if you play in Nigeria or Europe. If you have what we want in a player then you're good enough to play for Nigeria. To help the players, we all must do our bit so that they can be able to compete with their counterparts from Europe. I still have lots of games to watch but I'm sure there are a lot of good players in the domestic league. If you have what we want in a player then you're good enough to play for Nigeria The Super Eagles have not qualified for the Nations Cup since 2013. We also want to play at the AFCON and we must do everything possible to be there What's your assessment of the level of the game in Africa? The level of the game in Africa is getting higher and higher. I have seen very good teams. I saw very technical teams like Burkina Faso where I worked like two years ago and they have improved tremendously. There's Ivory Coast which is always a big favourite as well as emerging teams like Zimbabwe and Guinea Bissau and Togo who are doing relatively well. 10 COMPLETE FOOTBALL COMPLETE FOOTBALL 11

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