The Super Eagles proposed journey by boat to Benin Republic for an African Cup of Nations qualifier has steered up lots of controversies among the players and management of the national team.
Coach, Gernot Rohr had stated that the team might likely go by boat because of the bad road that links Nigeria and Benin Republic.
The AFCON qualifier against Benin Republic is to be played on Saturday, March 27 in Port Novo.
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, in an interview on ARISE News programme, The Morning Show, on Wednesday March 3, 2021, said he sees nothing wrong with the proposed boat trip to Benin Republic but this has raised concerns among the players.
Pinnick said, “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.
“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.”
According to a Punch report, Pinnick reiterated that the NFF haven’t made a final decision on the means of transporting the Super Eagles team for the AFCON game.
Nigerdeltaconnect earlier reported that, a faction of the Super Eagles players have expressed their concern over the team’s planned trip to Benin Republic by sea for this month’s 2021 AFCON qualifiers against the squirrels.
Reports have it that the Nigerian team would travel through the Gulf of Guinea to Cotonou for the game scheduled for Stade de l’Amite on March 27. This is because of the bad state of the road from Lagos to neighbouring Benin Republic.
A team official, who also spoke on the matter, said the plan wasn’t finalized yet.
“I’m not at liberty to speak on this matter but for me I think these are options for the team to travel to Cotonou for the game. For our last game away in Sierra Leone, we travelled by sea to the match venue after we landed in Freetown. We were on water for 45 minutes and though some players were jittery all through the journey, it was safe. “I believe the best option for the trip will be taken by the NFF”, he noted.