NFF President Amaju Pinnick has explained why the Nigeria Football Federation wants the Super Eagles players and officials to travel by boat to the Republic of Benin for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Squirrels of Benin.
The news broke out at first in an interview with the team’s gaffer Gernot Rohr after he revealed that an alternative travel arrangement is being looked at due to unavailability of good roads that leads to our neighbors town.
Having heard that, unidentified Super Eagles players have cried àgainst it saying they don’t buy the idea of traveling by boat.
In an interview with Arise TV monitored by allnigeriasoccer.com on Wednesday, Pinnick explained : “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 form of adventure in Nigeria.
“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.
“So it’s just a projection, we have not agreed on it. We are looking at going by road to Cotonou which is our next door neighbor because even if you want to leave Eko Hotel to the Murtala Muhammed Airport it is half the journey of going to Cotonou, so why do you need to fly and go to Cotonou?
“We might either go by road, we are working with the Lagos State Government, from here I have a meeting with the Lagos State Governor.
“All those are things we want to explore and see what is best suited for that and once we say are going by the creeks to Cotonou of course we’ll provide every requisite, will provide the enabling environment for them to go in terms of security, in terms of everything.
“But people should look at Nigeria beyond that, there’s no country in this world that doesn’t have black spots but we live and try to live.”
The Super Eagles AFCON 2021 Qualifiers matchday five encounter with Republic of Benin will be played at Stade Charles de Gaulle, starting from 5:00pm(Naija time) on Saturday, March 27.