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|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by robosky02(m): 9:45am On Mar 22|
2021 AFCON Qualifiers: Troost-Ekong, Aina, Onyekuru, Two Others Arrive Super Eagles Camp
Watford defender William Troost-Ekong, Ola Aina, Henry Onyekuru, Semi Ajayi and Oghenekaro Etebo have all arrived Super Eagles camp ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against Benin and Lesotho, reports Completesports.com.
The quintet breezed into the team’s camp on Sunday evening.
Captain of the team Ahmed Musa is also among the early arrivals in camp.
More players are expected to arrive the team’s camp on Monday as they look to begin preparations for the qualifiers.
The Super Eagles are currently top of Group L where all the teams, which include Benin, Sierra Leone and Lesotho, can still qualify for January’s finals in Cameroon.
The Super Eagles have eight points, one ahead of the squirrels of Benin while the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone have three points and Lesotho two.
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|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by BascoVanVeli(m): 4:50pm On Mar 22|
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by robosky02(m): 10:37pm On Mar 22|
7 Interesting Things To Know About Squirrels of Benin Republic Ahead Super Eagles Clash
The Squirrels of Benin Republic will host the Super Eagles of Nigeria on matchday five of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers in Porto Novo, on Saturday March 27th.
In their first encounter in the qualifiers, the Eagles came from a goal down to win 2-1 in 2019 in Uyo.
The current standing in the group has the Eagles top on eight points while Benin Republic are second with seven points.
And ahead of this weekend’s clash, Completesports.com’s JAMES AGBEREBI takes a look at SEVEN interesting things to know about the Squirrels of Benin Republic.
– First International Match Was Against Nigeria
Benin Republic’s first ever international match was against Nigeria.
Then known as Dahomey, the game was played on 8th of November 1959.
Despite playing at home, after 90 minutes of football the Nigerian team triumphed 1-0.
– Biggest Ever Defeat Was Against Nigeria
Till date, Benin Republic’s biggest ever defeat came in the hands of Nigeria which was played on 28th of November 1959.
Still known then as Dahomey, the French speaking side were hammered 10-1 by their Nigerian hosts.
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– First AFCON Appearance Was At The 2004 Edition In Tunisia
After many failed attempts, the Squirrels of Benin Republic finally qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004 in Tunisia.
However, it was not a memorable debut as they were drawn in the same group with heavyweights Nigeria, Morocco and South Africa.
They ended up losing all their three group games (lost 2-1 to Nigeria in last group game) to crash out of the tournament.
– Best Outing At AFCON Was In Egypt 2019
Benin Republic’s best ever campaign at the AFCON was at the 2019 competition in Egypt where they went all the way to the quarter-finals.
After drawing all their group games (grouped with Ghana, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau), they qualified into the round of 16 as one of the third best placed teams.
And in the round of 16, they shocked Morocco 4-1 on penalties after 120 minutes of football ended 1-1.
They eventually bowed out of the tournament after losing 1-0 to finalists Senegal.
-Most Capped Player/Top Scorer His Stephane Sessegnon
The player with the most appearances for Benin Republic is 36-year-old former PSG, Sunderland and West Brom forward Stephane Sessegnon.
Since he made his debut in 2004 he has so far gone on to make 83 appearances for his country.
Also he is Benin Republic’s top goal scorer after finding the back of the net 24 times.
-Have Only Beaten Nigeria Once In Their History
In the 15 clashes they’ve had against Nigeria, the Squirrels have tasted victory just once.
The victory came in 2017 during the first-leg of the 2018 CHAN final round qualifiers in Cotonou.
The Beninoise won 1-0 after they were awarded an 87th minute penalty converted by Seibou Mama.
In the return leg played inside the Sani Abacha stadium, the home-based Eagles won 2-0 and qualified for the 2018 CHAN in Morocco.
-Last Suffered Home Defeat Against Nigeria 31 Years Ago
The last time Benin Republic lost at home to Nigeria was in 1990, during qualifiers for the 1992 AFCON in Senegal.
Parading the likes of Alloy Agu, Benedict Iroha, Mutiu Adepoju, late Ajibade Babalade, Friday Elahor and Moses Kpakor, the Eagles won the game 1-0 thanks to a 55th minute goal by Ishaya Jatau.
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by robosky02(m): 8:50am On Mar 23|
Update: Super Eagles Camp Bubbles With 18 Players After Onuachu, Okoye, Aribo Others Arrival
The number of players in Super Eagles’ Eko Hotel camp has increased after Alex Iwobi, Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Tyronne Ebuehi linked up with the team, reports Completesports.com.
Maduka Okoye, Jamilu Collins and Paul Onuachu also joined the team on Monday night.
The likes of Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Samuel Chukwueze, Francis Uzoho and two other players are still being expected in camp.
The Super Eagles will hold their first training session at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Tuesday morning.
The team will travel to Cotonou for the game on Friday.
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by robosky02(m): 2:27pm On Mar 23|
As at now 23 players are in camp
We are expecting the "Senior. Man" aka Kelechi Ihenach to soon arrive
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by BascoVanVeli(m): 8:33pm On Mar 23|
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|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by robosky02(m): 10:08am On Mar 24|
Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, has finally arrived at the Super Eagles camp, ahead of their 2022 AFCON qualifiers against the Benin Republic and Lesotho.
Iheanacho, who is currently in hot-form for the Foxes, arrived at the Super Eagles camp on Wednesday.
His late arrival was due to a mix-up in his flight itinerary.
This was confirmed on the Super Eagles verified Twitter handle on Wednesday morning.
This means all 24 players invited for the Benin and Lesotho fixtures are now in camp for the two qualifiers.
Gernot Rohr’s men will travel to Cotonou on Friday for their matchday five clash against Benin in Porto Novo on Saturday.
The three-time African champions will also tackle Lesotho next week Tuesda
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by addexx: 1:44pm On Mar 24|
I thought it was was Lesotho
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by Temptee101(m): 1:46pm On Mar 24|
Wahala for yorubas
Who will they support now?
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by Oleku93(m): 1:53pm On Mar 24|
Sleekfingers:The correct score is gonna be 3:1. No go bet am sha! I will remind you on Saturday.
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by Ndubuisiogbonn8: 1:57pm On Mar 24|
what happened in 1977 and 1978 will happen again oo..
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by justicechichex(m): 2:20pm On Mar 24|
This kind stadium sef.
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by WoundedLamb: 2:29pm On Mar 24|
Please, where can I stream this match online?
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by Skymason20(m): 2:35pm On Mar 24|
nah to just play Benin straight win o against all does pussy ass super chicken
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by Icon4s(m): 2:35pm On Mar 24|
Our only loss to them was in that CHAN tournament
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by josiahriches(m): 2:49pm On Mar 24|
Nigeria pls win for me.
May God grant our government the wisdom to take this nation to her promise land
Meanwhile pls assist with information on this thread
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by robosky02(m): 2:56pm On Mar 24|
Honestly. Benin should not pose a problem
Even the record speaks
And current form. Iheanacho aka senior man should just do the job
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by 21stcenturyman: 5:31pm On Mar 24|
If only NTA, AIT and Supersport will beam it for us
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by robosky02(m): 5:52pm On Mar 24|
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by Toearn: 8:30pm On Mar 24|
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by BascoVanVeli(m): 8:47pm On Mar 24|
Just like our only loss to Madagascar was at the AFCON
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by Kudducini(m): 9:31pm On Mar 24|
If Nigeria no win this match
Make my yansh clap
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by blasterman(m): 7:47am On Mar 25|
DONT EXPECT ANYTHING other than draw or loss. this team is mediocre
most of the team is coming from Europe where its still cold, it will take a while for their body to adapt to the heat and thus affect performance.
benin will use half of the chan team
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by robosky02(m): 3:31pm On Mar 25|
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by Cousin9999: 4:57pm On Mar 25|
My body is ready.
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by Djangote: 4:17pm On Mar 26|
Benin vs Nigeria, three major talking points.
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by BascoVanVeli(m): 4:28pm On Mar 26|
|Re: Benin Vs Nigeria: AFCON Qualifier - 0 - 1 (Full Time) by robosky02(m): 5:17pm On Mar 26|
Nigeria will aim to seal qualification for the next Africa Cup of Nations when they face hosts Benin in a top-of-the-table Group L match on Saturday.
Kick-off at Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto-Novo is set for 6pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).
The standings heading into this penultimate matchday see Nigeria top, though they have only a one-point lead over second-placed Benin. Sierra Leone (three points) and Lesotho (two) complete the quartet.
Nigeria, thanks to successive draws against Sierra Leone in November 2020 – an amazing 4-4 stalemate at home when they gave up a four-goal lead and 0-0 result away in Freetown – missed out on the chance for early qualification for Cameroon 2022, but nonetheless remain strong favourites to book a place at the finals.
In fact, the Super Eagles need only avoid defeat in this clash to guarantee a top-two finish in the group.
Coach Gernot Rohr, who came under fire for the results against Sierra Leone, insists they have put those games behind them: “We have to forget about the mistakes we made against Sierra Leone and we can’t make the same mistake against Benin and Lesotho. The choice for us is to pick the best players and I know our players will have a strong mentality for the matches.”
Benin, meanwhile, did their hopes of securing a second successive Afcon appearance (and a fifth overall) no harm at all when they took four points from successive matches against Lesotho in November 2020, winning 1-0 in Porto-Novo before a 0-0 draw in the return game in Maseru.
The Squirrels will assume pole position in the group if they can overcome their heavyweight opponents, with coach Michel Dussuyer backing his side’s ability to upset the odds.
“We have respect for Nigeria but we also have our assets. We will approach the game with a lot of seriousness and determination,” said Dussuyer. “We know what we have to do. On Saturday our ambition is to win. It will not be an easy task but we have hopes.”
In head-to-head stats, Benin and Nigeria have met in seven previous international matches, dating back to 2004.
The Super Eagles have claimed six wins compared to one for the Squirrels.
The teams’ Group L meeting in Uyo in November 2019 was won 2-1 by Nigeria, thanks to goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu.
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