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Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by robosky02(m): 7:21pm On Jun 10
Nigeria risk missing out on consecutive World Cups for the first time since their first outing in 1994 after suffering a shock defeat to the Benin Republic.

Minnows Benin Republic shocked the Super Eagles, beating them 2-1 as they raced to the top of Group C in CAF's 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

The Super Eagles needed to beat the Cheetahs to keep their World Cup qualification dreams alive after three consecutive draws left them fifth on the log. By losing to Gernot Rohr's side, Nigeria remain fifth on the log but are now four points away from the summit, which could become five if Lesotho beat Rwanda.

How it happened

Although the Benin Republic were officially the home team, the Super Eagles were returning to a familiar place in Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Abidjan, where they played three of their seven AFCON 2023 games, as the match took place in Ivory Coast.

Finidi George made three changes to the team that were held to a draw by South Africa. The injured Fisayo Dele-Bashiru was replaced by Club Brugge’s Raphael Onyedika; Terem Moffi started ahead of Paul Onuachu; and Samuel Chukwueze came in for Kelechi Iheanacho.

The visitors dominated possession in the opening exchanges, but as has been a trend recently, their final third play was imprecise and shoddy. The best chance borne out of the early superiority came around the 14th minute when Ademola Lookman slipped in Osayi-Samuel, who in turn curled the ball past Marcel Dandjinou, but the attempt was too wide.

The deadlock was eventually broken in the 27th minute when Samuel Chukwueze was found in the channel on the left side of Benin Republic’s defence. The AC Milan man cut it back to Onyedika, who needed time to sort out his feet, and while the danger looked to have been contained, with two Beninois charging at him, the Club Brugge midfielder, with minimal backlift, curled the ball into the far-right corner.

Conceding seemed to spur on the hosts, who had since been kept quiet by the doggedness of the Super Eagles, who were defending in packs. The first sign of danger came from a set piece routine when Steve Mounie found himself 1v1 against Nwabali, however, he was offside.

In the 37th minute, however, Jodel Dossou capitalised on questionable defending from the Nigerian backline, before calmly slotting past the outrushing Nwabali.

Just before half-time Gernot Rohr’s side shocked the Super Eagles. A wicked delivery from the corner kick spot was poorly cleared by Onyedika, who could only flick it into the back post. Benin Republic’s 14-goal talisman, Steve Mounie, was instinctively positioned as he pounced on the loose ball to give the hosts the lead.

Finidi was forced to make early second-half changes as he brought on two strikers, Paul Onuachu and Victor Boniface for Terem Moffi and Alex Iwobi. The Super Eagles continued to forray forward for an equaliser and came agonisingly close when Ademola Lookman’s glancing header from a Chukwueze in-Player went wide.

The former Enyimba coach rang more changes around the hour mark when he brought on Remo Star’s Saduq Ismail and Rizespor’s Ibrahim Olawoyin and took off the two Samuels.

Nigeria pressed for an equaliser but continued to lack fluency in the final third. Benin Republic held on for a famous victory over their next-door neighbours and now lead the way in Group C.

Bayer Leverkusen star Victor Boniface has been left on the bench for the Super Eagles game against Benin by Nigeria coach Finidi George.

Finidi George has caused more controversy by once again leaving red-hot Bayer Leverkusen striker Victor Boniface on the bench for Nigeria's crucial 2026 World Cup qualifier against Benin Republic.

The Super Eagles head coach had claimed Boniface was an unused substitute against South Africa last time out purely for tactical reasons and due to an injury to Fisayo Dele-Bashiru.

https://www.pulsesports.ng/football/story/watch-benin-vs-nigeria-shock-as-old-national-anthem-played-before-kick-off-2024061016312956240

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by DonBenny77(m): 7:48pm On Jun 10
No start wetin you no go fit finish
You no be George finidi

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Akwamkpuruamu: 8:21pm On Jun 10
Finidi and NFF are all stupid.

Ismaila, Onuachu have no business in that team.

Calvin Bassey caused the first goal

No tactics, no playing pattern....

Super Eagles should be disbanded because we are not going to world cup. So they have no need to exist. Imagine missing two world cups consecutively.

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by MorataFC: 8:21pm On Jun 10
Jmm
Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Rapmoney(m): 8:21pm On Jun 10
Finidi nor be good coach I swear.

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by countryman13: 8:22pm On Jun 10
DonBenny77:
No start wetin you no go fit finish
You no be George finidi
\Wetin e be?

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by murphyung(m): 8:22pm On Jun 10
Wahala for finidi

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by NwaNimo1(m): 8:22pm On Jun 10
Giant of Africa?

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Ashez: 8:22pm On Jun 10
Ordinary Bene Republic, ya diba

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Ladiesdoctor(m): 8:22pm On Jun 10
Rubbish

Super Eagles is in a wrong hands at the moment.

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by kayjoasy: 8:23pm On Jun 10
Finidi is not a coach and has never been one...an Assistant doesn't guarantee an head coach

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Chizillar1(m): 8:23pm On Jun 10
They are not coordinated, unserious and not good enough.

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by OkoRemi2023(m): 8:23pm On Jun 10
NFF failed Nigeria by hiring inexperienced coach


Paul onauchu what is he called usually enter at the 80mins of our match, the coaches that are substituting him like that understand if you want to win you don't start that hawk to strike for us


If Osihmen is not on ground, are there no good home base players that's even hungry for limelight that we can call to replace Osihmen


A good coach that's interested in good result we do things that will yield that result.


Finidi is finished, he should be relieved of the job and many super eagles player should not be called again, look inward, we have good home base players, SA are using their home base players and they're not doing bad



The Benin guys that won today I'm sure 60% of them are not playing in any international club

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Authoreety: 8:23pm On Jun 10
Told my guy in Nigeria that he should bet big on benin winning ... Gues how him supose go cash out..

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by SoNature(m): 8:24pm On Jun 10
I don't think that guy can do this job.

Nigeria should go for a foreign coach like Hervé Jean-Marie Roger Renard.

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Bennycollins: 8:24pm On Jun 10
Finidi is just the fall guy.
We are failing as a nation in everything, implying a national curse is with us.
I pity him right now.

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Heffalump(m): 8:24pm On Jun 10
What pedigree does Finidi George has as a coach before NFF handed him the coaching job? Is it the right time to start doing trial and error with a local coach who cannot can?

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Inspirer1: 8:25pm On Jun 10
Big boyism na im go finish us

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by UKEMY(m): 8:25pm On Jun 10
Finidi George messed up big time,I was his supporter but he needs to throw in the Towel cause his short stint is a mess

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Promise47(m): 8:25pm On Jun 10
Lol 😂😆 take it easy through we need to qualify for the world cup but no go kill your self take it easy let's hope for the best results in the remaining matches
Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by ICTspecialist(m): 8:25pm On Jun 10
Haha which kind reporting be this
Fail ke when qualification never finish

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by sirchim(m): 8:25pm On Jun 10
Una never see anything, how will you guys qualify to the world cup, when THIEFNIBU Baban Baban BARAWOO and SHITman, knew they never won the election? God is not at peace with the Nation, if you like call am stolen manhood, e no concern me. If my statement pain you, I say dan Ubanka!

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by oko4lucky(m): 8:25pm On Jun 10
Tinubu Boy 1 Benin Boys 2

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Afonja101: 8:25pm On Jun 10
I wonder how nff arrived at the decision to sign finidi George... The last coach did very well.. How can you sack a coach that reached a final of afcon just to appoint finidi.

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Enemyofpeace: 8:25pm On Jun 10
Una never see anything. Una carry farmer do super eagles coach

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Archmed(m): 8:25pm On Jun 10
DonBenny77:
No start wetin you no go fit finish
You no be George finidi
Po Po Po Po Po.....Po Po...Po Po!!!!
P- square yarn am😂

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by cream1: 8:26pm On Jun 10
A country like Nigeria and the Calibre of players we are producing deserves a better coach equal to standards the have at their club side, but NFF always go for Mediocre when selecting coaches for the National Team.

Nigeria coaches should match European coaches side by side, who can coach and not just assembly stars and hope the win matches.

Try again in the next 4yrs. Failure and APC 5&6.

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Deogratiasfx: 8:26pm On Jun 10
It cannot be worse than this APC government. las las the only thing the average Nigerians enjoy is the excitement and pride. Na Dem Dem go share the money

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by PheelzAlmighty: 8:26pm On Jun 10
Shey make we fry saliva now abi wetin
Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Wizardslayer: 8:26pm On Jun 10
Authoreety:
Ttthhcash out
How much are they paying the players playing on empty stomachs.

As long as you're not a politician everybody in Nigeria is hungry. The British experiment is fast crumbling.

Shame on Britain.

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by 9JAMac10: 8:27pm On Jun 10
Sack that guy and get new players. Disband the entire playing staff . I don’t care how they perform in Europe

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Re: Finidi George Fails Nigeria As Benin Republic Trump Super Eagles by Walai(m): 8:27pm On Jun 10
Silent protest.
If you know you know

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