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Egypt, Morocco are favourites for the AFCON title: Nigeria coach

Ahmad Hassan, Friday 22 Mar 2019
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The Nigerian football national team during a training session Photo: The Nigeria Football Federation official website
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Egypt and Morocco are the favourites to win the 2019 African Cup of Nations taking place in Egypt this summer, according to Nigeria's German tactician Gernot Rohr.

Rohr, 65, said that Nigeria will face difficulties in its fight for the African title as his side does not include any players who feature in the UEFA Champions League, unlike Egypt and Morocco.

"It is not easy to participate in a big tournament and win it especially if you do not have players who play in the Champions League. However, we still have big chances as we have improved a lot since we took part in the World Cup," Rohr told a press conference on Friday.

"According to the last FIFA ranking, Morocco are currently the best in Africa, while Egypt will play at home and enjoy the support of their fans, and for this reason both teams are the closest to the title," he added.

"I am very positive. We will go to the tournament to perform well and compete for the title," Rohr concluded.

Nigeria are playing a friendly against Egypt on 26 March as part of both team's preparations for the coming African competition, which begins in June.

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