Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has anticipated that 2022 will be a difficult year for the Super Eagles if they qualify for the Fifa World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations, both occurring in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic disturbed the worldwide football schedule driving the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to defer a few rivalries, including the 2021 Afcon.
AFCON was planned to hold among June and July in 2021, yet has been moved to January 2022, that year the World Cup in Qatar will happen.
Rohr who in May, agreed a two-and-half-year contract extension with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to continue as the Super Eagles coach until December 2022, says that the hectic qualifying schedule in 2021 might affect the team the following year.
“The Africa Cup of Nations is delayed. It’s the equivalent for everybody so it is anything but a downside,” Rohr told Girondins4ever.
“We have more opportunity to get ready just as for different nations. We can proceed with the end of the season games and start the World Cup qualifiers simultaneously.
“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 positively be a difficult year.”