Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have parried all insinuations and worries over their decision to airlift the Super Eagles from Benin City instead of Asaba, footballlive.ng reports.
In contrast with initial reports that the Eagles will fly out of Nigeria aboard a chartered flight from Asaba Airport to Johannesburg for Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, the NFF have disclosed that the aircraft will now take-off in the Edo State capital.
However, that means the Eagles will have to go by road from Asaba to Benin City in the neighboring state, which has raised some worries among Nigerians.
In response to the worries, an official explained that the airport in Benin has better facilities and a bigger size to ensure more safety and a smooth take off for the Max Air chartered flight, which is expected to have 98 people on board, including the Eagles’ players and crew.
The same aircraft will ferry the delegation back home immediately after the match on Saturday, as the Eagles will return to Asaba to prepare for an international friendly against Uganda on Tuesday.