Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has posited that playing against two debutants at the group stage offered no advantage to the team.
Speaking to Radio France International, the former Burkina Faso manager said that being debutants, it was obvious that they would come with much enthusiasm, meaning that they should not be taking for granted.
”I do not believe that playing against two debutants is an advantage. Countries like that, Madagascar or Burundi that come for the first time usually play with great enthusiasm. They also come with a lot of supporters.
”I have a lot of respect for Madagascar. It’s a country I love. There are a lot of good footballers out there.
”There is also Burundi who qualified ahead of Gabon. Burundians should not be underestimated. In any case, we will take them very seriously”, he said.