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AFCON 2025 Qualifiers: Super Eagles To Face Benin, Libya, Rwanda In Group D

AFCON 2025 Qualifiers: Super Eagles To Face Benin, Libya, Rwanda In Group D

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been handed a tricky draw in the qualifiers for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations.

The draw ceremony took place in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday.

The three-time winners are drawn in Group D with Benin Republic, Libya and Rwanda.

The Squirrels of Benin Republic, who are managed by former Nigeria head coach, Gernot Rohr defeated the Super Eagles 2-1 in a 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers last month.

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The Bees of Rwanda are also in the same World Cup qualifying group with Nigeria.

They are scheduled to host Super Eagles at the newly refurbished Amahoro Stadium in March 2025.

48 countries will participate in the qualifiers, while the first two teams from the 12 groups will make it to Morocco.

The qualifiers will kick-off in September and run through November, 2025.

The AFCON 2025 finals will be played between December 21 and January 18, 2026.

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  • Benin again!!

    Something tells me the boys will have learnt from their mistakes and with a good Coach would be prepared with more seriousness..

    Who becomes the new coach to me is the deciding factor.. if we get it wrong again we might also not qualify for the next afcon.. wishing them well.

  • Sportradio88.0 fm 2 weeks ago

    Roar wil be happy to crunch eagles head again.. we thought it was china made goal when Michel and igahalo were scoring Cameroon. Until Benin did same to score eagle .

    • You don’t know what went wrong in Super Eagles camp against Benin Republic. With Coach that Super Eagles respect, you will see the way Super Eagles will beat Benin home and away.
      I’m glad Benin is in our group.

  • OJON ABIODUN 2 weeks ago

    I know for sure that this present crop of super eagles will not qualify for the next world cup. I still wonder how some people are deceiving themselves that we will go and defeat SA at home and win all the remaining matches…..some African pitches are terrible and bumpy and i fear if this players will want to sacrifice their legs.

    On the AFCON qualifiers, we should qualify but it will take a miracle.

  • Selfmade KING 2 weeks ago

    This is so easy for Nigeria damn 

  • MONKEY POST 2 weeks ago

    Hahahaha GENERAL ROAR is about to CAUSE another UPSET again…. Hahahaha

  • Michel 2 weeks ago

    Benin and Rwanda will beat the living day light out of these useless players

    • My thoughts exactly. Any elements of surprise the new look Super Eagles under a new gaffer may possess before the crucial world cup qualifiers against Benin and Rwanda next year will be lost.

      • I hope NFF can get a coach with flexible tactics but do we have the player personnel to “spring surprises”? Better yet, we need a coach who has balls to tell some players to sit out some matches so that he can try out other players and spring up new ones next March.

        Just like Falcons who hasn’t had the same set of first 11 in any match in nearly a year.

    • Ah Sylvester, thumbs up brotherman. I think the nature and timing of the fixtures will allow any new coach to learn quickly on the job.

      From what I gleaned from Finidi’s short reign, we have players capable of springing surprises. The midfield, that used to be the achilles heels of the Super Eagles produced two fabulous goals for Finidi: a telling affirmation of the quality we have if utilised properly.

      I really feel bad for Finidi. This sort of mini-tournament qualifiers within a short space of time would have been an ideal project for him to handle from the scratch and grow into.

      Now hopefully NFF will give us a decent foreign coach who can reconstruct the team from the remnants Finidi left behind.

      Dele-Bashiru and Onyedika performed well in attacking midfield. Tanimu also did well but I think we have more tactically astute centre backs.

      With an attacking style, Finidi forced South Africa to a draw and took the lead against Benin. However, Finidi failed to identify a worthy luminary on the pitch for the players to look up to. Communication was poor and organisation was poor.

      If a new manager can address these more on field interpersonal aspects, then I believe we can play an open, vibrant, positive, attractive and attacking brand of football.

      I believe we can top our Afcon group and resurrect our world cup ambitions with determination and drive.

  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

    Benin and Rwanda again…? This does not bode well for Nigeria. Benin and Rwanda have more to gain by facing Nigeria 2 times each before we meet them in the WCQ next year.

    Our WCQ journey has just become tougher by 3 notches….LMAOooo

    • Ololo 2 weeks ago

      Imagine playing benin and Rwanda for both wcq and afcon qualifier..

      Both teams will feel motivated to at least top Nigeria in one of the qualifies.. if they don’t get afcon qualifier they will aim for the wcq.. if they lose in one they will go back and draw lessons on how to win in the other..

      The only way out is getting a competent coach who knows his game plan and not ” I don’t need formation” type of coach.

      This will not be easy as it appears on paper.. we hope the nff can get it right this time

  • Bobby 2 weeks ago

    It’s a good draw. Now, the NFF and the new Super Eagles coach would work very hard to silence those teams.

    Those teams are not spectacular if we can get a very good foreign coach who understands the mentality of Nigerian players playing in Europe. Former German player who once coached couple of teams in top division can do the job excellently.

  • Six games in three months between September and December. God bless you CAF.

    Enough games to try tactics, templates and tantalising troupers.

    The new Super Eagles coach will have nowhere to hide.

    It is shaping up to be a fabulous international football end to the year. I can’t wait.

    Bring on Benin!
    Bring on Rwanda!
    Bring on Libya!

    Let’s Make Super Eagles Great Again!

  • Bomboy 2 weeks ago

    If the NFF can put its house in order, na who be Benin or Rwanda?

    Even coach Rhor knows the quality of our players.

    NFF, please get us a good coach and give him the freedom and support he needs to do his work. If you can do this, the Eagle’s will fly again.

  • Nff are negotiating with Rafeal Benitez

  • Bobby 2 weeks ago


  • pompei 2 weeks ago

    Rohr go soon kee NFF ooo.
    The only escape for NFF is if they get a solid coach.
    If it is true they are talking to Rafa Benitez, I for one will be impressed.
    In fact, if they hire him or someone like him, I give them permission to share some money.
    But make dem make sure say enough money remain to pay the coach ooo!

  • pompei 2 weeks ago

    If we hire a solid coach, I’m confident that we will pick the world cup ticket.
    Benitez or someone of the same calibre. That is what we’ve been missing. That tactical input, which is so crucially important in decisive games.
    He will select only the best players, because his name and reputation are on the line.
    And he will forge them into a team. A real team!
    With a coach like this tinkering the squad, we will CRUSH our opponents, including Rohr.
    But we must move quickly.
    After he has qualified us for the mundial, NFF can go ahead and share the participation fee. They should just leave enough for the coach salary and players bonuses. I really don’t mind!
    I would be preoccupied with the knowledge that we have qualified for the world cup. That’s enough for me!

  • Bobby 2 weeks ago

    Rafa is a solid coach and has coached top tournaments like the UEFA Champions League where if you’re a top rated coach, no one would employ you and has won cups.

    I would love to see him coach the Super Eagles because I’m sure he will do well and he has coached many top European clubs. Super Eagles players would respect him too and that’s what the team needs to fly again.

  • Bobby 2 weeks ago

    Has coached in top tournaments like the Champions League. If you’re not a top rated coach

  • Omo9ja 2 weeks ago

    Benin, Libya and Rwanda are not the same level with the Super Eagles if not because of this NFF the debtors ajewomasan, we shouldn’t be talking like this.

    If we put things in order, we should beat back to back. Ęlọfọkanbalę. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Ezomo 2 weeks ago

      Probably putting siasia as you have suggested right ?

      • Omo9ja 2 weeks ago

        Siasia is better than those foreign coaches that has nothing to offer period.

        The question you should be asking is, if we can’t get Herve Renard then Sia1 is the best for the job.

        Did Paseiro do anything meaningful during his time with Eagles?

        What did Oga Rohr do differently? I have nothing against foreign coaches but if what we have now is better which is Siasia then what is the point? Think about my man. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

        • Dennis 2 weeks ago

          The same siasia that failed to qualify us for AFCON. Your delusion is on another level. At least, your clown friend called jimmyball has gone into hiding since the defeat by Benin 

        • Onero 2 weeks ago

          Siasia? What are u smoking? Guys like u are the reason why the SE cannot progress..smhsss

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