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AFCON qualifier: Super Eagles travel to Benin today by boat

AFCON qualifier: Super Eagles travel to Benin today by boat

The Super Eagles Nigeria will travel this morning by boat for this weekend’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Benin after players raised concerns over the poor road network linking the neighbouring countries.

It will be recalled President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has said it will be a form of adventure for the team.

“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,” he said recently.

However, Gernot Rohr has allayed the fears of the players saying the trip by boat will be quick and calm.

“Last Saturday, I made the trip and we were flying on the water. It was so quick and calm.”

The trip by sea takes around an hour.

Nigeria, who have called up as many as 20 overseas-based stars, will set sail for the capital Porto-Novo on Friday morning.

The three-time African champions lead Group L with eight points from four matches, while Benin are second on seven points.
Sierra Leone have three points and Lesotho bottom of the standings with two points with the top two teams advancing to the Nations Cup in Cameroon in January.

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