- Gernot Rohr and his boys arrived Porto-Novo ahead of their showdown vs Benin Republic
- The Super Eagles party traveled via the waterways as arranged by the NFF
- Rohr has however narrated how his team trained in darkness that they had to rely on full moon
The Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has explained that his team had to rely on ‘full moon’ during their training session upon arrival at Porto-Novo on Friday evening, March 26.
Nigeria arrived Benin Republic via the waterways, a day before they face the Squirrels at the Stade Charles de Gaulle.
Both teams will go head-to-head in an AFCON 2021 qualifier in their bid to reach the tournament proper which has been postponed till January next year.
The players and their officials landed in Cotonou on Friday afternoon after a short boat ride from Lagos.
And they headed straight for their first training session in the neighbouring country, with Rohr narrating how it all went.
He told journalists via Sporting Life:
“There was no light but we handled it, we had the full moon. Tomorrow I feel good harmony in my team. Even if there are some problems we are all the time having a positive mind.
“It’s a big challenge to win here because they didn’t lose a match since eight years, so we want to do that.
“We know that with a draw we have the ticket for the Afcon. This is our first target and then later we speak about the second match. Everybody is fit, no injuries and I hope we can do what we want to do.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Squirrels of Benin will need to watch out for Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho who put up impressive displays in Super Eagles training on Thursday.
Iheanacho who scored a brace against Manchester United in the FA Cup and a hat-trick against Sheffield United last weekend replicated such form in their training session at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.
His Leicester City teammate Wilfred Ndidi is also one of the top performers in training along with Villarreal’s winger Samuel Chukwueze.
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