AFCON 2022 Qualifiers: Dates for Super Eagles’ crunchy tie against Lesotho, Benin confirmed


The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has confirmed the dates for Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations 2022 qualifiers against the Republic of Benin and Lesotho.

The Super Eagles will play their last two fixtures in the series later this month.

Nigeria will take on Benin on March 27 and Lesotho on March 30.

The match against the Squirrels will be played in Porto Novo with the kick-off set at 5pm.

Gernot Rohr’s men will then welcome Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium three days later, with kick-off also slated for 5pm.

Nigeria have picked up eight points from their first four games in Group L and need just a point from their last two games to seal qualification.

Meanwhile, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has said he sees nothing wrong with the Super Eagles travelling by boat to the Benin Republic for an African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Coach Gernot Rohr had said the team would most likely go by boat to avoid the bad roads that link Nigeria and the neighbouring Benin Republic.

“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,” he said.

This raised concerns among the players but Pinnick who appeared on ARISE News programme, The Morning Show, on Wednesday said he sees nothing wrong with going by boat.

“Going to Cotonou by boat, I do that all the time. When we were going to inspect we did it. There is nothing wrong with exploring other forms of adventure in Nigeria,” Pinnick said.

He, however, said the NFF is yet to conclude on the means of transporting the players for the AFCON game.


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