Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr has admitted he is not resting on his oars, ahead of his side’s opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations against Burundi, as he says The Swallows are a tough team that will be hard to crack during Saturday’s Group B opener in Alexandria, Egypt.
While many observers will underrate the quality of Burundi, as they are in the competition for the first time and are not rated among Africa’s elite sides, Rohr stressed that the East Africans have stars of their own.
He hinted that former West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City of England striker, Saido Berahino and a couple of other players need to be watched in Burundi’s squad, hence his verdict that he and his players will not take Saturday’s opponents for granted in any manner at all.
The Franco-German tactician, however, enthused that his players are on the bright side, as the atmosphere in their camp is calm, they are all relaxed and recent health issues are in the past.
He admitted that it will not be an easy match at Alexandria Stadium on Saturday, but believes the experience and pedigree that Nigeria has in the competition’s history should help the Eagles to carry the day.
Rohr stated: “Burundi have a good team, they cannot be underrated. They have good players in England and other countries.
“It will not be an easy match on Saturday, but we are the Super Eagles. We have been champions before, and we can do it again.
“Everybody is fresh. We have all settled down well in Alexandria, old players and new. The new comers have nothing to lose.”