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After Tuesday’s embarassing defensive performance, Benin will be looking to redeem themselves with a respectable performance and, hopefully, result against Nigera. The pressure is on the Super Eagles, as they know anything less than three points today may result in a humiliating early exit for one of Africa’s biggest clubs.

Nigeria will be looking to bounce back from their midweek disappointment

Although the dark cloud of failure is currently looming over Nigeria, their players, whose confidence will undoubtably be dented after their 3-1 defeat to rivals Egypt earlier in the week, will …

The Squirrels fans must have been going nuts.  After 20 minutes, Benin looked to be well on their way to gaining their first three points of the competition, two goals to the good and in control of the game. But a series of goalkeeping errors from FC Libourne number one Yoann Djidonou allowed Mozambique to draw themselves level, the game finishing in a 2-2 draw.
Benin started as the stronger side and showed signs of being the surprise package of this year’s African Nations Cup. Indeed, within the first five minutes the Mambas were …

If Benin are to mount a serious challenge to defy the odds and reach the next round of the African Nations Cup, then this fixture already becomes a must-win game for them. The two other members of Group C, Nigeria and Egypt, are strong favourites to win the competition, never mind progress past Round 1, so both the Squirrels and the Mambas will be looking to make the best possible start towards a likely third place finish.

Benin fans will be hoping for better fortunes this year

Benin are in confident mood …

Head coach Michel Dussuyer has picked a relatively strong squad for the competition, most of whom remain unknown outside Africa. Indeed, many of the players ply their trade in the lower French leagues, with only one inclusion from England. However, midfielder Jonathan Tinhan, who plays for French Ligue 1 side Grenoble, turned down a call up to the squad after being advised by his parents and club to do so, due to his lack of experience at senior level.
Goalkeepers: Yoann Dijdonou,  Rachad Chitou, Valere Amoussou
Defenders: Khaled Adenon, Mouftaou Adou, Romouald …