Nigeria’s World Cup Qualification Bid In Limbo After Suffering Defeat To Benin

A photo collage of Nigeria’s Coach Finidi George and Benin players celebrating their win

Source: Africa

Nigeria’s hope of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup appears to be hanging in the balance.

The Super Eagles coming from a 1 – 1 draw against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in their recent home match, lost 2 – 1 to Benin in Abidjan on Monday, June 10, 2024.

Coach Finidi George’s side had taken the lead in the 27th minute through a Onyedika’s goal. But Benin came right back in the match with an equalizer from J. Dossou in the 37th minute.

Right on the stroke of half-time, Benin who used the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium as their home turf, doubled their score, kind courtesy S. Mounie’s 45+3 minute goal.

The results from Abidjan leaves Nigeria sitting fifth on the table with three points. Benin are top of their group with seven points.

The Super Eagles are yet to win any match in the World Cup qualifiers. They have drew three of the four games they have played in Group C and lost one.

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