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Benin To Host Super Eagles Vs Sierra Leone AFCON Qualifier

Benin  To Host Super Eagles Vs Sierra Leone AFCON Qualifier

The newly refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin will host the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture between the Super Eagles and Sierra Leone, Completesports.com reports.

The encounter is scheduled for Friday, November 13, with the the reverse fixture to take place four days later in Freetown.

Gernot Rohr’s side played their last home game in the qualifier against Benin Republic at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.

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The Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium last hosted a national team game on November 12, 2011 when the Super Eagles were held to a 0-0 draw in a friendly by the Zebras of Botswana.

The Super Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw in a friendly by the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in Austria this month.

The three-time African champions top Group L of 2021 AFCON qualifier with six points following victories in their opening two games against neighbours Benin and Lesotho.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • This our NFF and their wahala….

    They want to take this boys to a turf where ball would not flow or move well, where they have to struggle b4 the score one goal….

    Why not open that pitch with a friendly match against any of the minos?

    Politics everywhere….

  • Edoman 4 years ago

    Take this match to Uyo. The Edo turf is new. Open the field with a friendly International match. Take politics out of this. l am an Edoman, born and raised in Benin City. It does not matter when it comes to reality.

    • Obaze Godwin 4 years ago

      You are not an Edo man even if you are then you are very unpatriotic and unfair to the Edo people. What makes the turf in uyo different from ogbemudia stadium. It is brand new and meets the international standared recommended by fifa. What hell require anymore. For your information Edo is the heart beat of Nigeria football and sports in general. We the people of Edo deserves to host the match by merit. There is no politics at all.Than you NFF for giving us what will duely deserves. The impostor whi call himself edo should shut up

      • Lekan 4 years ago

        Are you kidding me. Super Eagles on this Principal‘s Cup turf and stadium…Your ethnic bias is obviously loud and clear

  • Omo9ja 4 years ago

    I am begging all the Super Eagles players to stay away from national team for now.

    Turn your back to the Nigerian government if you love your country and your people and if you believed what they did to the youth this month was unacceptable please do so.

    Parents are still mourning, Super Eagles have to show sympathy with the families of the victims if truly they care about Nigerians back home.

    The Nigerian government are feeling the heat already. Kudos to we patriotic Nigerians. They can see now that we are many? They haven’t seen nothing yet.

    We have to work collectively to bring back Nigeria. We can’t bring Nigeria back if they play this qualifiers.

    This is the only tool the Nigerian government have to distract us but if we don’t fall into that trap then we will the battle.

    It is good to ban Nigerian football than playing while our government keep killing us.

    Don’t tell me that boycotting the qualifiers has nothing to do in this situation.

    It is a pity that I don’t have much time to explain myself. I’m very busy. It is well. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • KING TUOYO 4 years ago

      Oga take am easy on Nigeria for now. The protest has been hijacked by hoodlums and the real essence of it has been defeated. We the youths need to pause, think and restrategise on the next action to be taken.

      Right now, the Eagles can only be our consolation from what we are experiencing as a nation. Let’s assume the match was boycotted by players without putting CAF ban into consideration, what negative impact will it have on the nation?

      The match should be honored and played by Eagles which to me they can use to also pass out their support message to the youths.

      I come in peace bro.

      • Omo9ja 4 years ago

        @KING TUOYO, Who sent the hoodlums to hijacked the peaceful protest? Government.

        Who turned off the street lights and CCTV? Government. So, Nigeria Government is the problem of Nigeria.

        @Abdul handsy, how would you feel if you were among those who lost their lives and few weeks later, the country is playing Afcon qualifiers?

        Just a question ni o.

        I don’t want Nigeria to be banned but if we want a better Nigeria, this the way to go.
        You can’t put pleasure into this protest if you want to take Nigeria back from our oppressors. Think about it. God bless Nigeria!!!

        • @Omo9ja, you mean the govt sent hoodlums to burn down several of its own police stations? Killed and burnt policemen, set fire on a large number of BRT buses, CSN office, looted many private offices, and caused general mayhem and destruction? Govt sent all these hoodlums and will be spending over N1trillion to try to fix it?

          Leadership is all about wisdom. Without it, your ‘peaceful’ and good intentions will be exploited by third parties. But the foolish leader must not exonerate himself from blame cause he mishandled the initial goodwill. A wise leader will sometimes back down, suspend, negotiate etc if he thinks his popular protest may, after 5 days, lead to chaos, anarchy and bloodshed.

          Are policemen murdered and burnt not humans? Why are the so-called ‘peaceful’ protesters not commiserating or talking about this? What double standard! Where’s our humanity? Why should we become monsters we say we’re trying to kill? If the protesters have restrategised after 5 days, would hoodlums have exploited the situation? Aren’t ‘peaceful’ protesters also guilty by that association and lack of discretion?

          Please try to take a wholistic view – not just a narrow, one-sided view. We all want change, but should it be at this heavy cost? Where’s the wisdom in it?

          People who know nothing about mass movement or cannot lead revolution should not start what will lead to chaos and anarchy. These kinds of things is not for everyone. Don’t just follow anybody blindly screaming in front. Follow the person who knows leadership and has prepared for it.

          As for Ogu, he should go and sleep.


    • JimmyBall 4 years ago

      … @Omo9ja. What happened has happened! Boycotting games will do us no good. While I support #EndSars, football is the only thing that makes people on the streets a bit happy and sane. We have enough crusaders from civil organizations already driving change that will turn things around in Nigeria.

  • Abdul handsy 4 years ago

    I hope this Samuel Ogbemudia stadium pitch will NOT turn out like that of the rice-plantation looking pitch of the Stephen keshi stadium in Asaba as the stadium is not really looking lushing and sweet on YouTube videos for sweet football play by players of which about 99.9percent are playing with good pitches in Europe.

    The size of the stadium too is another thing, I think when one compares the size of the Godswill akpabio international stadium to that of the one in Benin one will get to know that the one in Uyo is of an intl standard to the one in Benin.

    It is a shame to note that almost everything is being politicise today in the nigerian polity….

    Abeg @Omoja try reason well on that your position fa! E no go good make we take 20step backwards after taking about 10step forward. Yoruba has one adage that says ” Ori fifò kin she ogun ori bibe o”. Meaning: chopping up the head is not the antidote of a lingering headache o.

  • pompei 4 years ago

    Those who are saying the SE players should stay away from the national team in protest against government oppression, find below two things you can do to show YOUR support for the protest.

    You are required to chose only one of these two options. Or you can do both if you prefer.

    1) Quit your job or business with immediate effect.
    2) Stop commenting on CSN with immediate effect.

    If you can do just one of these two things, then the SE players will follow your example and quit the national team. Put your money were your mouth is. If you want the SE players to quit the national team, chose one of these two options asap! Please go ahead and make your choice quickly in the interest of the nation, whom you claim to love so dearly!

    I look forward to your immediate cooperation in this urgent matter!

  • Abdul handsy 4 years ago


    The stadium in Benin that will host super eagles match comes November.

    I don’t really understand yet o.

  • Collins id 4 years ago

    I think ogbe stadium have been well renovated to world standard by the present obaseki administration. The grass are watered on daily bases. The field you are seeing in that video is over grown fields due to the league brake, they will definitely be levelled ahead of the eagles match. The size of the the field is equal to that of uyo, it’s international standard. though uyo stadium is more bigger in terms of capacity. ogbe stadium have been well renovated in general, prio to the national sport festival to be hosted by the state. The stadium have the best functional facilities at the moment in the entire country. and the standard of the stadium in general is currently the 3rd best stadium in Nigerian below Abuja and uyo, above Lagos,portharcourt and the rest. I think the eagles will enjoy the stadium and the full support of Edo state football fans.

  • Igbekun Abo 4 years ago

    Investments have gone into Benin stadium.

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