Super Eagles travel by boat to Cotonou

Why Super Eagles can travel by boat to Cotonou – Pinnick

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has said it will be a form of adventure for the Super Eagles to travel by boat to Cotonou, Benin Republic for an African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Coach Gernot Rohr had said the team would most likely go by boat to avoid the bad roads that link Nigeria and the neighbouring Benin Republic.

“But because the road is not good between Lagos and Cotonou, we will travel to the match on a boat because the crossing only lasts two hours, instead of many hours on poor roads,” he said.

This has hover raised concerns among the players who have expressed their fears over the mode of transportation. 

He stated this on Wednesday when he featured on an ARISE News programme, The Morning Show but also noted that the federation is yet to conclude on the means of moving to the neighbouring Benin Republic for the encounter.

“Going to Cotonou by boat, I do that all the time. When we were going to inspect we did it. There is nothing wrong with exploring other forms of adventure in Nigeria,” Pinnick said.

“What’s the big deal, look at the Lagos state boat terminal, it’s one of the best in the world I have seen, so why don’t we use all those things if we have them.

“So it’s just a projection and it does not mean we have agreed on it. We might either go by road if our security report, we have the intelligence, we are also working with the Lagos state government to explore to see what is best suited for that.

“And once we say we are going by the creeks to Cotonou, of course, we will provide every requisite, we will provide the enabling environment for them to go in terms of security.”

He, however, said the NFF is yet to conclude on the means of transporting the players for the AFCON game.

The AFCON qualifier against Benin Republic has been fixed for Saturday, March 27 in Port Novo.

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