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2021 AFCON Qualifiers: Super Eagles Aim To Seal Qualification At Benin

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are aiming to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in the qualifying game against the Squirrels of Benin Republic on Saturday.

The Super Eagles are leading Group L with just a point above Benin but neither are safe as Lesotho and Sierra Leone are not far behind.

Gernot Rohr’s side remains unbeaten in their opening four games, beating Benin and Lesotho with two draws against Sierra Leone, including a 4-4 thriller at home in November which did see them lose a four-goal lead.

However, the 4-4 draw against Sierra Leone means Nigeria needs at least two points in two games to book a place in 2022 AFCON.

But Nigeria has an advantage over Benin as the three-time African champions have beaten the hosts in 12 of the 15 previous clashes, losing just once in that time.

Benin are also on the verge of qualifying for the main tournament in Cameroon, having bounced back from their initial defeat to Nigeria in the opening qualifiers, picking up seven points from the next nine available.

However, the Squirrels failed to move to the first place after a disappointing draw with Lesotho in their last game.

But they will have a chance to beat Nigeria today, which will be their first win against the visitors in four years.

Meanwhile, Nigeria will be without Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu as Nantes refused to allow the former leave due to coronavirus protocols ain’t France and the latter still nursing an injury.

Possible starting lineup

Benin: Allagbe; Roche, Adenon, Hountondji; Assogba, D’Almeida, Ahlinvi, Imorou; Dossou, Djigla, Mounie 

Nigeria: Okoye; Sanusi, Balogun, Troost Ekong, Aina; Aribo, Ndidi, Etebo; Iwobi, Iheanacho, Osimhen

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