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Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, is optimistic the Super Eagles will perform better in their next group game of the on-going African Cup of Nations against Guinea.

Nigeria struggled to a one goal victory against Burundi in their opening game of the AFCON at the Egyptian Mediterranean city of Alexandria on Saturday, June 22.

The team has attributed the lackluster show to the illness that befell the nation’s top players just before the tournament kicked off.

The win has placed Nigeria on top of Group B, as Guinea and Madagascar played out a 2-2 draw in the second game of the group.

Rohr predicted the game would be tough for the Eagles.

We could not make a better performance because the team of Burundi was well organised, especially in the first half and we did not find our rhythm.

I think we worked better in the second half because it took us a long time to come into the match, just as in the first half where we didn’t have opportunities to score. We knew that Burundi was unbeaten during the qualifiers.

“In our preparation, we had big problems because half of the team had virus. In the last session, we lost two players, Jamiu Collins and Samuel Kalu, and that is why we had to struggle so much to win the game.”

Gernot Rohr

The Super Eagles will take on Guinea on Wednesday, June 26, at the Alexandria Stadium and would hope to win in order to secure a place in the next round of the tournament.

Source: Guardian

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This article was first published on 24th June 2019


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