Afcon 2021 Qualifiers: Super Eagles To Travel To Cotonou By Boat To Play Benin Republic

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has disclosed in an interview that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be travelling by boat to Cotonou for the March 27 2021 encounter with Benin national team, also known as The Squirrels.

Although there are just 75 miles between the cities, the journey takes up to five hours because of undeveloped roads and Nigeria have now announced they will travel to the game by the unorthodox method of taking a boat across the Gulf of Guinea to the game at the Stade de l’Amitie.

Rohr explained: “We are playing in Lagos for the first time in a very long time. I am very excited for the players.

“We have players like Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo, who were born in Europe and have never seen Lagos. I want them to discover this crazy city with 19 million inhabitants.

“So it’s important we have good security and escorts to move around. The traffic in Lagos is terrible. We also need to do some work on the surface of the pitch, like cut the grass which is very much needed.

“For the first match in Benin, we are playing in the city of Cotonou. We will stay in Lagos ahead of the match.

“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 by coach.”