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Gernot Rohr - 2021 Africa Cup of Nations postponement not a draw back

Published on: 13 July 2020

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr claims postponing of the Africa Cup of Nations from January 2021 to January 2022 is not a draw back since it's a decision for all.

Rohr believes it was very appropriate to move the tournament for another year to enable teams have time to prepare.

A fortnight ago, the CAF Executive Committee reached a decision to move the biggest African football tournament from 2021 to 2022 due the coronavirus crisis.

The coronavirus pandemic has hugely impacted the African football calendar as many leagues and competitions have cancelled and rescheduled.

"The Africa Cup of Nations is postponed. It’s the same for everyone so it’s not a drawback," Rohr told Girondins4ever.

"We have more time to prepare as well as for other countries. We can continue the play-offs and start the World Cup qualifiers at the same time.

However, the German trainer admitted that 2022 will be a difficult year for the Super Eagles.

"But it will be a difficult 2022 year because already in 2021, there are a lot of qualifying matches to play for the team.

"I think we will have time to play a few friendlies. In the year 2022, if we have qualified for the World Cup and the AFCON, there will be many, many games to play. So it will certainly be a difficult year."

Rohr guided the Super Eagles to a third place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and has recently extended his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation.

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