Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr is happy his side won’t face hosts Egypt in the group stages of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Completesports.com reports.
The three-time African kings are among the six seeded teams in Pot A following the release of the draw procedures by the Confederation of African Football on Thursday.
That rules out the possibility of the Super Eagles coming up against some of the continent’s big guns in the early stage of the tournament, like Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco and Senegal who are also in the same pot.
Rohr is however not expecting an easy draw especially with former winners Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana all placed in Pot B
“We are in the same pot, so we cannot meet Egypt. Because when you play the host country, it’s always very difficult,” Rohr stated in a short video interview posted on the Confederation of African Football’s Twitter handle.
“It becomes more difficult when you have a team like the one you have here in Egypt.
“But when you see in the Pot 2 all the teams can win it. You have Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire. ..all big teams.
“Even in the third pot you have South Africa and some other teams like that who can be able to win it.
“So really, you have in this tournament the best teams in Africa.”
The draw ceremony which will hold at Giza, near Cairo will kick-off at 7 pm Nigerian time tonight (Friday).
By Adeboye Amosu