The Super Eagles left for Cotonou on Friday morning, and the players looked to be in high spirits despite the mode of transportation
Soccernet can confirm that Super Eagles stars were full of life as they travelled to Cotonou on Friday morning ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin on Saturday evening.
The team journeyed by boat to Benin’s commercial capital before travelling by road to Port-Novo, where the match will take place.
— Soccernet.ng (@soccernet_ng) March 26, 2021
Although Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun expressed their fears over the transportation mode, the players looked excited about the unusual transportation method.
The team was led by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick along with some officials from the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC).
Technical crew and players of @NGSuperEagles departing the @TalktoLaswa Falomo jetty enroute Cotonou for their AFCON qualifying match against Republic of Benin on Saturday 27th,March.#SuperEaglesBackInLagos#LagosIsReady#LagosSportsIsBack pic.twitter.com/uVPhVTLSwX
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The Super Eagles decided to travel on the sea after Benin banned flights from Nigeria. Travelling by road is another option, but it would’ve taken longer hours.
The three-time African champions will also return to the country by the same means of transportation. They take on Benin on Saturday before hosting Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium three days later.