– Benin Republic will host Nigeria in their crucial AFCON 2021 qualifier in Port Novo
– The Super Eagles defeated the Squirrels in their first meeting at the Abuja National Stadium
– Nigerian are leading the Beninnoise team by a point after four matches played in Group L
All is now set for the AFCON 2022 qualifier between the Republic of Benin and their Nigerian counterpart at the Stade de l’Amitie in Port Novo.
Both teams are separated by a point and a win for either side will ensure qualification to the biggest soccer fiesta in Africa in Cameroon with a match to spare.
The Super Eagles will be looking to end their unimpressive run following back-to-back draws against Sierra Leone in the last outings.
On the other hand, The Squirrels failed to leapfrog Nigeria on the Group L table after being held to a draw by Lesotho.
Benin are still looking for their first win against Nigeria in over four years and in the group opening game played at the National Stadium, Abuja, the Squrriels lost by 2-1 on November 21.
But the Francophone nation have a remarkable unbeaten home record since 2013 which would prove to be a stumbling block for their Nigerian counterparts.
Union Berlin’s Taiwo Awoniyi and Terem Moffi’s Lorient have been invited by Gernot Rohr and could make their debut in the fixture.
Benin’s main man Jodel Dossou who has scored decisive goals for his country will also be on parade for the encounter.
Benin possible starting lineup: Allagbe; Roche, Adenon, Hountondji; Assogba, D’Almeida, Ahlinvi, Imorou; Dossou, Djigla, Mounie
Nigeria possible starting lineup: Okoye; Sanusi, Balogun, Troost Ekong, Aina; Aribo, Ndidi, Etebo; Iwobi, Iheanacho, Simon
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Nigeria and Benin Republic lock horns this weekend as the race to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon gradually winds down.
Both teams are first and second on the Group L table with the Super Eagles currently topping the log with eight points, one point better than The Squirrels ahead of the matchday five encounter.
However, 2019 bronze-winning coach Gernot Rohr might have made up his mind on the players who will start the game in Porto Novo on Saturday, March 27, having had his last two training sessions behind closed doors.