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2026 WCQ: Moffi, Chukwueze, Onyedika Start For Super Eagles Vs Benin Republic

2026 WCQ: Moffi, Chukwueze, Onyedika Start For Super Eagles  Vs Benin Republic

Super Eagles head coach , Finidi George has released his team list for tonight’s crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture against the Cheetahs of Benin Republic.

Finidi makes three changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Bafana Bafana of South Africa last Friday.

Stanley Nwabali,who put up a good performance against Hugo Broos’ side will be in goal.

The quintet of Bright Osayi-Samuel, Semi Ajayi, Benjamin Tanimu and Calvin Bassey will also feature from the start.

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Hatayspor star Fisayo Dele-Bashiru, who scored on his competitive debut against South Africa will start from the bench.

Captain Wilfred Ndidi, Bright Onyedika and Alex Iwobi will take charge of the midfield.

OGC Nice star, Terem Moffi will lead the attack with Paul Onuachu making way.

Samuel Chukwueze will take the place of Kelechi Iheanacho, while Ademola Lookman will play from the left-wing position.

Super Eagles Starting XI vs Benin

Stanley Nwabali- Calvin Bassey, Semi Ajayi, Benjamin Taminu, Bright Osayi – Wilfred Ndidi (Captain), Bright Onyedika, Alex Iwobi – Ademola Lookman, Terem Moffi, Samuel Chukwueze

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  • Uhunmwangho Erharuyi 7 days ago

    Why drop Fisayo??. Why not drop Ndidi and start Fisayo alongside Iwobi and Onyeka. I hope this guy knows what he’s doing.

  • Onwajunior 7 days ago

    I don’t think Fisayo is fit. Forget the media reporting that he’s available for selection. The way he left last game, it’s very likely that he’s not fully fit 

  • Rohr 7 days ago



    • Tony K 7 days ago

      All 220m Nigerians want to be SE coach and do selection of who to play or who should be on bench, yet do not have the information the coach has. Please let coach Finidi do his job for which he is paid to do

      • Femi 7 days ago

        I tell you, I like the way finishing replied them
        Last time that they shd let him do his job, many fans knows nothing abt football but wanna run there mouth anyhow, I said it that boniface is unfit mere looking at him and the fitness coach have confirmed that, yet they want him to start by force by fire, if finidi has anything against him, he sure won’t have invited him in the first place. Allow the coach do what he is paid to do. 

  • Why is Boniface not starting?

  • I don’t like Indegiounous coaches I will say again Especially the class of 94. It is like those specific players don’t like players that Rose higher than they ever did in thier career’s there is definitely a jealousy underlining. I really hope Boniface takes this like a professional and that Finidi’s reason of him being overweight and out of shape is legit. because if Not Finidi is really setting himself up for failure because he may think he is smart now but he really does not want to upset these boys before that SA return leg. we don’t want to see our key players making excueses not to line out for Super Eagles

    • Williams d conqueror 7 days ago

      They have this criminal mindset of mafioso. He should be the last of them to handle the Super Eagles.

      • @Williams it is too much bro, Is like these guys from Oliseh o to Finidi they will always show some sort of Envy towards these boys I really don’t know what this is about, I thought this is for Nigeria?…

        No We need a skilled White Foreign handler men enough is enough, the problem is 1 mistake by the foreign handler Our People will start to pitty thier Ex footballers base on say we are brothers but, NO THAT mentality is wrong these guys have an underling desire to keep these boys stagnant, and “make dem no to out shine us ooo na we be the odogwu of 94”. People think I am blowing air hmmmm, boy o boy you guys don’t know what is going on with these ex footballers. I have analysed them over a period of time right from when they started handling Super Eagles starting with Siasia and Eguavoen dem funny enough Eguavoen and Siasia never had this charachter especially Eguavoen pitty his is porrus, tactically.

        • I won’t mention Oga Agadi nwoke Nwoke oma, Christian Chukwu lol We all know if he is coach we will have a team of Enugu Rangers and Enyimba players lining out for Super Eagles lol not even Osimhen will make his squad lol

  • Michel 7 days ago

    Boniface is heavy and unfit,I saw him at the last Europa cup final,he was just a passenger and did nothing for the minutes he was on d pitch,I think it’s time he stopped playing around on twitter and focus on his fitness and football rather than being an influencer

    • Rommie 7 days ago

      God bless you for this comment!!

    • Edozien Egbuiwe 7 days ago

      Spot on!!!

    • Footballfanatic 7 days ago

      His numerous appearances on social media with all kinds of influencers is very annoying….Boy your career just started u need to sit your ass down.

    • We will see. The end will justify the means. What about onyeka. Is he also unfit. We know onyeka has not really played many matches for his club after afcon yet he invited him. Now he is in the bench.

      I still believe an unfit Boniface is better than a fit onuachu and Moffi.

  • Gen. JohnB (Field Marshal) 7 days ago

    Oh ho!…Iwoyi wa laro abi ogbeni Finidi??

    Since we’ve been telling you these things (people who only want the best for you and the team) but you’ve been going the opposite way, starting with your favourites Iheanacho and Onuachu and falling the whole country’s hands – Did you not learn from Peseiro’s example, when he kept playing Uzoho and we kept telling him not to? Did you not see what happened as soon as he adhered to our calls and dropped Calamity Frank to bring on Nwabali (The Rock)? Since then, did our goalkeeping department not vastly improve on the pitch??

    Yet you were trying to form ITK ba? Shebi now your eye wan clear small, evidenced by the team list you are putting out for today’s meeting with ogbeni Rohr of erstwhile residency (if the team postulated above by CSN (ogogoro masters) themselves is anything to go by o) because one cannot put it past them to have gotten it wrong or to have made that list up themselves – chaii! God help us in Nigeria oo!

    Anyway, this team is a bit better going off the fact of the absentees we have in the team as a whole and 1000% better going off your useless team line-ups against both Mali from the friendlies and Banana Banana the other day – But still there are a few questions – 1) Why are you trying not to play Boni? Yes the guy self need to dress well but still he is our highest profile striker currently in camp – don’t give me that bull of he is unfit because you, I and the whole Nigeria know that is bs and even if it is so, that is nothing a half time substitution cannot fix,
    (2) Be careful with Iwobi – Yes, with Frank and Wilf alongside him, that is coming like a good set-up but don’t let that complacency that you have been showing show it’s face around here again, be very ready to spring into substitutioning action if the need arises – If Iwobi is not putting in an expected shift then be very quick to pull him off and replace with the next round peg – In short, shun complacency and sentimentality, and stop trying to fit square pegs into round holes.

    A word is enough for the wise…He who has ears, let him hear! There will be big SURUTU if Nigeria misses the WC ticket – what this means is that you cannot lose even just ONE more game and even then, we must still be full of prayer and fasting, hoping that SA or whoever else who we need to drop points does so! I nor fit shout oo!

  • Chima E Samuels 7 days ago

    Moffi must wake up and start moving his body into scoring positions and ready to run with his dwarf statue as an advantage. I wish to see Boniface in the second half without any delays because he has a lot to offer and might be your joker. Meanwhile I miss Kelechi I hope Finidi plays him at the right position and he should not be taking all set pieces but rather get into shooting positions as we know him for. Those of you criticising seniorman are the impatient clowns that will hail you when you score and mock you when you don’t, even if the coach plays you at Goal post as goal keeper they will still want to see a goal from you.

    • Gen. JohnB (Field Marshal) 7 days ago

      What is this one talking about? are you well?? Or maybe that wacky backy has got you disorientated and confused?
      Better STFU and stop running your mouth!
      Iheanacho ko, blankoblanko ni? mumuni

  • It’s still going to be Osayi on the left and Tanimu on the right. Hmmm.

  • Gen. JohnB (Field Marshal) 7 days ago

    Chaii! I’ve just realised that there is no Frank Onyeka in the starting line up?? Now I must confess that I don’t know much about Onyedika but to be leaving out Onyeka in this team at this stage is pure madness!

    Are you people sure that this Finidi guy is okay?? Hmmm, okay o!

  • BlackLegendCulture 7 days ago

    All these wannabe Coaches, e go shock una BIG TIME!!!!!

  • Lollipops 7 days ago

    The NFF president (Ibrahim Musa Gusau) and NFF Crew, Minister of sport (Senator John Owan-Enoh), Chief Segun Odegbami, Amaju Pinnick and those calling for local coaches for finally failed with their Own – Congrats to them

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