Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has revealed how disappointed he is that Cote d’Ivoire has withdrawn from the October friendly match.
In an interview with NationSport, Rohr however noted that their replacement, Algeria, is a worthy opponent.
The Elephants were initially scheduled to play the Super Eagles of Nigeria on October 9 in Austria.
But it was only last week that the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) confirmed that Cote d’Ivoire had pulled out of the encounter due to internal problems.
“Of course, we have Algeria now but I regretted that we are not going to play Cote d’Ivoire again because we had planned to play at least a game against a Black African team.
“But now we have to play against two Maghreb teams; unfortunately we don’t have Maghreb teams not for the AFCON qualifiers and not for the Qatar 2022 World Cup too.
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“But it’s okay because it was very difficult (to get a replacement) in the last moments to replace the Ivory Coast team,” Rohr said.
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