Afcon qualifiers: Super Eagles to travel to Benin by boat amid safety fears
July 10, 2019 Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr [REUTERS]

Nigeria will travel by boat for this weekend’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Benin after players raised concerns over the poor road network linking the neighbouring countries.

“It will be the best way to go there,” said Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr.

“Last Saturday, I made the trip and we were flying on the water. It was so quick and calm.”

The trip by sea takes around an hour.

Nigeria have opted for this form of transportation because of the bad roads between the two countries, while there are too many protocols for a short flight across the border.

Afcon qualifiers: Super Eagles to travel to Benin by boat amid safety fears
FILE: Eagles coach Gernot Rohr (right) with the boat captain during the cruise around the Suez Canal in 2019 [photo courtesy]

Nigeria, who have called up as many as 20 overseas-based stars, will set sail for the capital Porto-Novo on Friday morning.

The three-time African champions lead Group L with eight points from four matches, while Benin are second on seven points.

Sierra Leone have three points and Lesotho bottom of the standings with two points with the top two teams advancing to the Nations Cup in Cameroon in January.

Afcon qualifiers: Super Eagles to travel to Benin by boat amid safety fears

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