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The Squirrels are in good shape, according to the Super Eagles coach, and have a full squad for the match.  Given their recent performances, Nigerian national team coach Gernot Rohr believes the Republic of Benin would be a difficult nut to crack. This is going to be an Afcon Qualifier that they have to be at their best level.

On Saturday, the three-time African champions will face the Squirrels at Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto-Novo.

Michel Dussuyer’s side is undefeated in five games. Their last loss coming against the Super Eagles in their first Afcon qualifying match in November 2019.

Their home form has also been impressive, as they have not lost in eight years. With their last loss coming against Algeria in 2013. At the same time, Rohr has warned his team to be battle-ready for the match.

Nigeria coach Rohr
Nigeria coach Rohr

“Benin have not lost a match for eight years at home, the last time they lost was in 2013 so you can imagine that we want to be the first team to win there in eight years,” Rohr told reporters.

“It will not be easy, they have a very good defence, they were quarter-finalists in the last Afcon qualifier. They eliminated Morocco.”

Rohr drafts more home-based Super Eagles to face Benin in AFCON Qualifier

The German coach had selected a large cast of 23 players for their Afcon Qualifier tie. This include home-based Enyimba International goalkeeper John Noble and ‘non-playing’ captain Ahmed Musa. But the squad was whittled down due to COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed by some European clubs.

After initially replacing France-based duo Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux) and Moses Simon (FC Nantes) with Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray) and Paul Onuachu (Genk), Rohr has now brought Nigeria Professional League (NPFL) stars Adekunle Adeleke of Abia Warriors and Enyimba striker Anayo Iwuala of Enyimba to replace Spain-based Kenneth Omeruo and Sadiq Umar.

The Super Eagles, who currently lead Group L with eight points, one point ahead of nearest rivals Benin,will face the Squirrels at Stade Charles de Gaulle in Porto Novo on March 27th, before wrapping up their Afcon qualifying campaign three days later against the visiting Lesotho Crocodiles at Teslim Balogun Stadium, in what will be their first official game in Lagos in a decade.

By Clive Banda

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