Afcon Qualifiers: Super Eagles To Travel To Benin By Boat


Due to the proximity of the West African countries, Gernot Rohr’s men will visit Porto Novo on water

Nigeria will visit Benin by boat for his or her penultimate 2022 Africa Cup of countries qualifying game in Porto Novo , Goal can confirm.

The Super Eagles who are currently camped in Lagos, are scheduled to go away the Southwestern a part of Nigeria each day before Saturday’s clash at the Charles de Gaulle Stadium.

There is the reassurance of adequate security for Gernot Rohr’s men and that they are going to be expected to return to Lagos by Sunday for his or her final Afcon qualifying fixture against Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

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Nigeria lead the Group L table after learning eight points from four matches and Benin trail the three-time African champions by just some extent in second spot.

Back in November 2019, Nigeria defeated Benin 2-1 in their first qualifying match as goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu cancelled out Stephane Sessegnon’s opener to offer the hosts maximum points at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

Earlier this month, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick said the FA was contemplating either getting to Benin by road or by boat with support from the Lagos government .

“Going to Cotonou by boat, I do this all the time once we were getting to inspect, we did it, there’s nothing wrong in exploring other sorts of adventure in Nigeria,” Pinnick said .

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“There’s nobody in Lagos that has not been to Ilashe or been to Tarkwa Bay, so it’s an equivalent thing, so what’s the large deal?

“Look at the Lagos boat terminal, it’s one among the simplest within the world that I’ve seen, so why don’t we use all those things if we’ve them?

“So it’s just a projection, we’ve not agreed thereon . We are watching going by road to Cotonou which is our next-door neighbour because albeit you would like to go away Eko Hotel to the Murtala Muhammed Airport it’s half the journey of getting to Cotonou, so why does one got to fly and attend Cotonou?

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“We might either pass road, we are working with the Lagos government , from here I even have a gathering with the Lagos State Governor.

“All those are things we would like to explore and see what’s best fitted to that and once we are saying we are going by the creeks to Cotonou, of course, we’ll provide every requisite, will provide the enabling environment for them to travel in terms of security, in terms of everything.

“But people should check out Nigeria beyond that, there’s no country during this world that doesn’t have black spots but we live and check out to measure .”

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