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World Cup Playoff: Rohr wary of Egypt threat

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has warned of dire consequences for the Super Eagles  in the Qatar 2022 Play-off   should  Nigeria fail to put its house in order  ahead of the  forthcoming  Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON)  in Cameroon.

With the World Cup playoff draws holding in January, a bad tournament for the Super Eagles in Cameroon could see them drop in the FIFA rankings.

Nigeria is currently fifth in Africa and Egypt, who are sixth, have begun their quest to upstage Nigeria in World Cup play-off seeding.

With the Arab Cup which started yesterday, Egypt have been presented with golden opportunities of pushing Nigeria down to sixth position as the Super Eagles have neither a competitive nor friendly match to garner points ahead of the Nations Cup.

The top four teams of Senegal, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia are well secured from possible toppling. Even the trio of Algeria, Morocco and Algeria have added chances of consolidating on account of having matches in the Arab Cup.

Should Nigeria lose their fifth position, they will have to face any of the five top ranked teams and play the decisive second leg away from home.

“The draw for the World Cup Playoffs will be on the 26th  of January, it is after our group matches and Egypt of course will try to get the fifth position in the ranking,” Rohr told TheNation.

In a related development, the Nigeria  Football Association(NFF) is reportedly sourcing  funds  to terminate  the services  of Rohr.

Rohr’s current contract as the Super Eagles coach ends at the end of next year after signing a new two-year deal last year.

However, the 68-year-old tactician is on the brink of the sack as the Super Eagles have regressed under him in the last 12 months.

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