News – UK – Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun take to the open seas for Nigeria


The couple will be reporting for the Cup of Nations qualifying next month and will be faced with unusual travel plans

The Rangers duo Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun will be on the high seas when they sign up for international assignments with Nigeria

The pair played a major role in their weekend win over Dundee United as Steven Gerrard’s side were on the verge of the Premiership title

Aribo scored a hit and assisted one while Balogun acted as right-back in the absence of Captain James Tavernier

Both are slated for service in Nigeria next month as the Super Eagles face Benin and Lesotho in the Cup of Nations qualifiers

The latter will see Gernot Rohr’s side play for the first time in over a decade in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos

But it is her plans for the short trip to Benin in the city of Cotonou that will certainly raise her eyebrows at Rangers

Although there are only 75 miles between cities, the drive can take up to five hours due to vacant roads, and Nigeria has now announced the unorthodox method of taking a boat across the Gulf of Guinea to the game travel will be game at the Stade de l’Amitie

Rohr stated: “This is our first time at Lagos in a long time I’m really looking forward to the players

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“We have players like Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo who were born in Europe and have never seen Lagos before. I want them to discover this crazy city of 19 million people

“So it is important that we have good safety and escorts to get around. The traffic in Lagos is terrible. We also need to do some work on the surface of the pitch, such as cleaning the field B. cutting the grass that is badly needed

“For the first game in Benin we are playing in the city of Cotonou We will stay in Lagos before the game

“But because the road between Lagos and Cotonou is not good, we will take a boat to the game because the crossing only takes two hours instead of many hours on bad roads by bus”

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News – GB – Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun take to the high seas for Nigeria