By Amosu Adeboye, LAGOS
The much publicised pre-2019 Africa Cup of Nations friendly fixture between fierce rivals Ghana and Nigeria may not hold despite a firm declaration by
the latter’s head coach Gernot Rohr.
Rohr had told reporters after last Friday’s draw in Giza, Egypt that the Super Eagles will host the Black Stars at home in a friendly match ahead of AFCON 2019.
But according to a report in Footy-Ghana.com, Rohr may have jumped the gun in going public after approaching only one member of the Ghana contingent at the AFCON draw.
“They actually wanted to play us [Ghana] in Nigeria and they had discussions with only the Deputy Sports Minister [Perry Okudzeto],” a source told Footy-Ghana.com.
Nonetheless, Ghana would have loved to face their West African rivals but for the date and venue of the proposed friendly.
“But we may be in United Arab Emirates which will be difficult,” the source stated in confirming doubts about the game.
The proposed friendly according to the report also falls right at the beginning of Black Stars’ camping.
Ghana have chosen to hold a three-week pre-Afcon 2019 camping in Abu Dhabi ahead of the competition.
They will face defending champions Cameroon, Guinea Bissau and Benin in Group F.
The Super Eagles are in Group B along with Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.