The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that Nigeria will play its two final African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho on March 27 and 30, 2021 respectively.
Based on the new dates, the Super Eagles will play the Squirrels of Benin Republic at the Charles de Gaulle Stadium, Porto Novo at 5.00 p.m. on March 27, and then host Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on March 30. Like the Benin Republic match, the game against Lesotho will also kick-off at 5.00 p.m.
Super Eagles Media Officer, Babafemi Raji, said the coaches have started making plans to call-up players for the game, adding that the team will camp in Lagos for both games.
“The FIFA free window this time is too short, from March 22 to 30; so, we want to make the best use of the time.
“The players will start arriving Lagos from March 22 after featuring for their clubs at the weekend with preparations starting immediately.”
However, Guardian repoted that Nigeria Football Federation’s Media Director, Ademola Olajire, had earlier disclosed that Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, was going to release the list of players for the qualifiers this week.
Also, Olajire debunked the reports in some media outlets that the Super Eagles will be going to Benin Republic by sea to avoid the bad road from Lagos to Seme border, stating the federation has not decided how the team will travel.
“I don’t have details… I cannot give you incorrect information. Nothing is sealed yet,”
Nigerdeltaconnect earlier reported that 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.
“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.”