Rohr To Partner Amapakabo For Tokyo 2020 Olympic

Rohr Amapakabo Tokyo 2020 Olympic

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr said Nigeria cannot afford to miss out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Football Tournament (OFT)  hence he would be heading straight to Cairo to help the national Under-23 team squarely under coach Imama Amapakabo.

Amapakabo has been under intense pressure lately after his Home-based Super Eagles Team B were edged out of qualification for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) by Togo.

Right now, the former international goalkeeper obviously needs all the support to earn Nigeria one of the continental tickets to Tokyo 2020.

“I’m going to Egypt first to assist the U-23,” Rohr told NationSport from France.

The 2019 U-23 AFCON  will be held in Egypt between 8-22 November.

Nigeria have found herself in a tough preliminary group where West African rivals Cote d’Ivoire, as well as Zambia and South Africa, are also grouped.

The Olympic Eagles will open their campaign on 9th November at Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo against  Cote d’Ivoire to be followed with the games against Zambia on 12th November and South Africa on 15th November.

When asked about what his level of involvement would be with the Olympic Eagles, Rohr said the buck will stop at  Amapakabo’s desk as the substantive coach.

He added that his planned trip to Cairo for the championship offers him more opportunity at watching closely youngsters who might be called up for the Super Eagles in the nearest future.

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He said pointedly:“ team selection is Imama. But qualification for the Olympics is very important and some players could also be interesting for my team. But I will try to help Imama.”

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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