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2021 AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Target Qualification Against Benin

2021 AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Target Qualification Against   Benin

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Super Eagles will be aiming to seal qualification to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations when the team confront the Squirrels of Benin at the Stade Charles de Gaulle, Porto-Novo today (Saturday).
 
The Super Eagles are one point clear of Benin at the top of Group L but neither side are secure in qualification, with Sierra Leone and Lesotho not too far behind.
 
The three-time AFCON Champions are without Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu, with Nantes refusing to allow the former to leave (due to French quarantine laws) and the latter injured.
 
Gernot Rohr’s side remains unbeaten in their opening four games, beating Benin and Lesotho with two draws against Sierra Leone, including a 4-4 thriller at home in November which did see them lose a four-goal lead.
 
But that 4-4 draw with Sierra Leone means Nigeria do need at least two points from their two games. If they were to finish level on points with Sierra Leone, which is still a possibility, then Nigeria would fall below due to away goals scored.
 
Overall, Saturday’s visitors have a historical advantage over their hosts, who they have beaten in 12 of the 15 previous clashes, losing just once in that time.
 
Benin are also on the verge of booking their place at next year’s continental showpiece that is set to hold in Cameroon.
 
Michel Dussuyer’s men bounced back in style from an opening defeat to Nigeria, picking up seven points from the next nine available.
 
The Squirrels were held to a disappointing draw by Lesotho in the last round, missing out on an opportunity to move into first place.
 
However, they have another chance to do that this weekend as the current leaders come visiting, but they would need to claim a first win in four years over their visitors.
 
On a brighter note, Saturday’s hosts are a force to reckon with on their own patch having not lost a home game since 2013.
 
Possible starting lineup
 
Benin: Allagbe; Roche, Adenon, Hountondji; Assogba, D’Almeida, Ahlinvi, Imorou; Dossou, Djigla, Mounie
 
Nigeria: Okoye; Sanusi, Balogun, Troost Ekong, Aina; Aribo, Ndidi, Etebo; Iwobi, Iheanacho, Osimhen


By Augustine Akhilomen

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 5
  • Richie 2 weeks ago

    I just hope and pray Okoye doesn’t get shaky and leaky today, like he was in Uyo against the Leone Stars. I believe he has learnt his lessons and fixed up all of his previous errors.
    All in all, I wish success for the team as a whole, the predicted lineup looks good on paper, nothing short of an outright victory please, whether Rohr wants that or not…lol

     
    • Bro Okoye was not in Uyo o!!! That was Benin city….

       
      • Richie 2 weeks ago

        Oops, my bad then.
        It is still what it is. And you know what it is

         
  • The line up will look like this today

    ****************Okoye*****************

    Awaziem******Ekong****Balogun*****Aina

    **********Ndidi**********Aribo********

    Chukwueze************************Iwobi

    *****************Iheanacho************

    *******************Osimhen************

     
  • CSN please give us the match time and channels showing it> I hope we don’t have to burn data to watch a match that’s just a few kilometres away.

    And I wonder when Rohr will start utilising the bucketload of talents of Ebuehi. Dude is just wasting away on the bench – maybe until he starts giving excuses for declining invites. Guy likes to bomb forward and join the attack with flair (even though could be a bit frail at the back). Aina good at attacks too, as well as Sanusi and Awaziem sometimes.