Gernot Rohr’s team will fly by boat to Porto Novo, Benin, owing to the proximity of the two West African nations, it has been announced.
The Super Eagles team, who are currently camped in Eko Hotel in Lagos, will leave Nigeria for Benin via the country’s waterways ahead of their penultimate 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game in Porto Novo on Saturday March 27.
After much deliberation and consideration among NFF officials, citing security concerns and time constraints, the Federation has decided to travel to Benin by boat rather than by air or road.
The trip will take place the day before Saturday’s match at the Charles de Gaulle Stadium in Benin.
Gernot Rohr’s team is set to travel to Lagos on Sunday for their final Afcon qualifying match against Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Earlier this month, Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, said that the FA would abandon plans to travel to Benin in favour of a boat trip, and that they were in discussions with the Lagos State Government.
“Going to Cotonou by boat, I do that all the time when we were going to inspect, we did it, there’s nothing wrong in exploring other forms of adventure in Nigeria,” Pinnick said .
“There’s nobody in Lagos that has not been to Ilashe or been to Tarkwa Bay, so it’s the same thing, so what’s the big deal?
“Look at the Lagos boat terminal, it’s one of the best in the world that I’ve seen, so why don’t we use all those things if we have them?
Nigeria lead the Group L table after picking up eight points from four matches while Benin trail the three-time African champions by just a point in second spot.