Nigeria Coach Rohr Wary Of Benin Ahead Of Crucial Afcon Qualifier

Nigeria Coach Rohr Wary Of Benin Ahead Of Crucial Afcon Qualifier
Nigeria Coach Rohr Wary Of Benin Ahead Of Crucial Afcon Qualifier


The Super Eagles coach has revealed the Squirrels are currently in fine form and have a full squad for the encounter

Nigeria national team coach Gernot Rohr believes the Republic of Benin are going to be a tough nut to crack, given their recent performances.

The three-time African champions will settle against the Squirrels at Porto-Novo’s Stade Charles de Gaulle on Saturday.

Michel Dussuyer’s men are on a five-game unbeaten run, having last tasted defeat against the Super Eagles in their first Afcon qualifying game in November 2019

Their home form has also been spectacular, given they need not lost for eight years, having last tasted defeat against Algeria in 2013 and Rohr has warned his side to be battle-ready for the encounter.

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“Benin haven’t lost a match for eight years reception , the last time they lost was in 2013 so you’ll imagine that we would like to be the primary team to win there in eight years,” Rohr told reporters.

“It won’t be easy, they need a really good defence, they were quarter-finalists within the last Afcon. They eliminated Morocco.”

Rohr also revealed Benin have all the players needed for the sport because the country provided a personal plane for his or her stars based in France to make sure they honour the match.

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The provision of a personal plane has been a part of the conditions given by the French government before players within the top two leagues are often allowed to go away for international duty.

The rule prevented Nantes forward Moses Simon from honouring the Super Eagles invitation and Genk forward Paul Onuachu was drafted in as his replacement.

“They have a personal plane to assist the French-based players, what we couldn’t have, unfortunately,” he continued.

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“They found the cash to require a personal plane and to bring them back by charter. This was the condition to urge the French players.”

The Super Eagles will combat Lesotho in their final qualifying game on Tuesday at Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos.

Nigeria lead Group L of the qualifiers table with eight points from four games and victory over Benin or Lesotho will seal their place at the 2022 Africa Cup of countries , scheduled for Cameroon.

The three-time African champions finished third at the last edition of the Afcon tournament in Egypt, behind winners Algeria and Senegal.

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