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.
They were reports on Friday 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.
Eagles coach Gernot Rohr stated that the reason for decision to travel by sea was because of the nature of the road.
The Punch reported that one Eagles star based in Turkey, expressed that the decision is weird but hoped it was safe to sail to Cotonou by sea.
The Player who spoke on the condition of anonymity said,
“I don’t know why they (Nigeria Football Federation) have chosen to go by sea to Cotonou for this game,”
“I hope they have put into consideration the risk and safety involved travelling by sea.”
Another player who plays in the Spanish Segunda division expressed his sentiment about the trip.
“This move to go by sea to Cotonou is scary,” the player said.
“We have to be careful. I would have preferred the trip by road, if we leave Lagos early enough.”
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.”