2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying – Nigeria vs Benin Preview & Prediction
When does Nigeria vs Benin kick off? Wednesday 13th November, 2019 – 16:00 (UK)
Where is Nigeria vs Benin being played? Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo
What TV channel is Nigeria vs Benin on? Nigeria vs Benin will not be televised live in the UK
Where can I stream Nigeria vs Benin? Nigeria vs Benin will not be streamed live in the UK
Where can I get tickets for Nigeria vs Benin? Tickets can be purchased at the stadium on the day of the match
THE TEAM NEWS
- Nigeria are back in competitive action for the first time since their third-placed finish at the 2019 AFCON as they begin their qualifying campaign for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with a home game against Benin, followed by an away match against Lesotho four days later.
- Although this is their first competitive game since June, they have earned creditable draws in friendly matches against Ukraine and Brazil within the last couple of months.
- Coach Gernot Rohr has named a 23-man squad for the double-header of matches and has recalled Ahmed Musa and Daniel Akpeyi along with Samuel Kalu, Mikel Agu and Kenneth Omeruo.
- Benin start their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a trip to Nigeria who are the top seeded team in the group. They then play host Sierra Leone on Sunday in their second match of the campaign.
- The Squirrels had their best ever performance at an Africa Cup of Nations tournament earlier this summer when they reached the quarter-finals before losing 1-0 to Senegal. Having progressed through the group stage without losing a game they earned a famous win against Morocco on penalties in the round of 16.
- Coach Michel Dussuyer has named only 14 players who featured at the AFCON finals in the summer, but notable key players Stephane Sessegnon and Steve Mounie are in the 23-man squad.
Nigeria will be striving to make a strong start to their qualifying campaign against Benin who will have gained great confidence from how they competed at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals where they reached the quarter-finals. Benin proved to be stubborn opposition during that run to the last eight but they may lack the firepower to respond if Nigeria get ahead. The home team should have enough calibre to ensure a hard-fought, narrow victory.