Gernot Rohr has confirmed that the Super Eagles would camp in Nigeria ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, barring any last-minute changes.
On December 28, Rohr plans to start camping.
Nigeria is in Group D, along with Egypt, Guinea Bissau, and Sudan.
The Eagles will play Egypt in their first match on January 11 in Garoua, with Nigeria having won their most recent meeting, a 1-0 friendly triumph in 2019.
Rohr, whose job as coach of the Eagles is in jeopardy despite leading the team to the playoff stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, wants to play one more friendly match before the event.
He also mentioned that he might not be able to attend the competition.
“My aim is for the team to camp in Nigeria in December and then play a friendly in the country before flying to Cameroon early in January, where we will have excellent conditions to prepare in Garoua, where our team will be playing. We must be prepared for the opening encounter against Egypt, which will take place in Garoua.”
“But let’s see whether I can still decide whether or not we should prepare.” “We’ll see.”
In the 54 games he has coached the team, Rohr has 28 wins, 13 draws, and 13 defeats. He is currently owed two months’ salary by the Nigerian Football Federation.
Meanwhile, Rohr, who led the Eagles to a bronze medal at the last AFCON, will be without his talisman, Victor Osimhen, who has been ruled out of the tournament for the next three months owing to a facial injury.
Osimhen, who has been in outstanding form for the Serie A leaders in recent weeks, was set to lead Nigeria’s frontline in Cameroon in late January, but a head clash while playing Inter Milan on the weekend necessitated surgery and a lengthy absence.