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Gernot Rohr
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AFCON 2019: Rohr Insists No New Addition Will Be Made To The Super Eagles 

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr, has reaffirmed his previous statement that he would not be testing new players ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Although the German tactician admits to having issues in the goalkeeping department, he is rather determined to work on them than invite new faces.

Nigeria will be playing to win their fourth continental title when they make a return to the competition, having missed out on the last two editions.

And with the vast majority of the players who will make the trip to Egypt in the summer already known by both the coach and even the fans, the coach is now focused on building a team that can conquer Africa, after an ill-fated 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Rohr is not looking to bring in a new goalkeeper even though he admitted first-choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, has not been convincing in recent games.

"We have a little challenge because our young goalkeeper Uzoho has not really played at his club this season," the 65-year-old told BBC Sport.

"Uzoho made one mistake in the last qualifier [against Seychelles] but we gave him a chance with the youth under-23 and it was good for his confidence.

"Daniel Akpeyi is playing now for a big team in South Africa and doing very well. Our third goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is good so we can work harder with them.

"We have a good spirit as a team since the World Cup, so there's no time to bring in new players."

AFCON 2019: Rohr Insists No New Addition Will Be Made To The Super Eagles 

Both Captain John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses have not featured for the Super Eagles since the World Cup, with Mikel taking a time out of the team while Moses has retired from international football.

The German tactician is hoping his young crop of players will step up and secure the continental title in Egypt.

"We can work on every aspect to improve the team, that is why we have the friendly matches," Rohr added.

"We qualified without two of our most experienced players in Obi Mikel and Victor Moses.

"I know what pressure is because I have experienced it with Gabon as hosts in 2012 - so this [challenge] is nothing new.

"For the World Cup our president said we could go to the semi-finals but we saw what happened. Now in Egypt, he says we have to win it.

"We work now to make a great tournament then we take it from there."

Nigeria will play Burundi in their first game of the tournament on June 22 and then Guinea in their next game four days later before their final game against Madagascar on June 30.