The Super Eagles of Nigeria will play Ghana and Senegal in friendly matches as part of their preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in June, Gernot Rohr has confirmed.
The three-time African champions were last night drawn in Group B alongside Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi for this summer's 24-team AFCON tournament.
“First the players have to finish the season well and to be careful not to have injuries,” Rohr told SuperSport in an interview on Friday night after the draws were concluded in Cairo.
“And also to recover very well after a long season because it's not easy to play this AFCON in the summer with the hot weather.
“We are confident but it will not be easy. Burundi had the second highest goal scorer in the qualifiers behind Odion Ighalo.
“But we can be confident because we'll have good preparations and friendlies, one normally against Ghana in Nigeria and the second one I think against Senegal here in Egypt,” the German-born tactician noted.
Rohr qualified Nigeria for the 2019 AFCON as Group E leaders with 13 points after six qualifying matches.
The last time Nigeria featured in the competition was in 2013 when they conquered Africa for the third time in South Africa.
The Super Eagles, who won the 2013 edition in South Africa, hope to go all the way and win the country's fourth AFCON title this year.
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