Super Eagles set to depart Nigeria to Benin by boat for their AFCON qualifier match at Port Novo on Saturday, March 27 which has generated a lot of reaction by the players about the means of transportation adopted.
Nigeria will be playing Benin in their matchday 5 encounter in the AFCON qualifiers and instead of travelling by road, the players have decided to travel by sea.
Giving their reasons, they indicated that their desire to get a comfortable result against Benin Republic is one of the reasons why they’ve decided to travel by sea.
The decision of the players come after the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick had earlier stated that it would be easier for the team to travel by sea for the encounter rather than spend a lot of time in traffic if they were to ply the route by road.
The NFF president made this suggestion since the team might spend more time other than the normal standard time 1hr 40 minutes due to the traffic situation in Lagos if they were to travel by road.
Speaking in a recent interview, Rangers duo, Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo indicated that the mode of transportation was not an issue and the most important thing is a win.
“Traveling by sea, it is what it is, we can’t use that as an excuse. We know what we have to do mentally and that is to win the match. I have never traveled by sea before,” Aribo said.
“I guess we have to be okay with it, I will say it’s a bit unusual but that’s just how it is. If they change it, it’ll be good if they don’t, we’ll be fine but the most important thing is that we get there in one piece, and win the game.”
Henry Onyekuru who also spoke with the PUNCH said;
“It will be my first time traveling by sea but I don’t really mind. All that matters to me and my teammates is to wear the jersey, represent our country, and win the game.”
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