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Chettahs of Benin runs over Super Eagles in World Cup Qualifiers


The Super Eagles of Nigeria suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Benin Republic in the fourth round of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers on Monday.

Nigeria took an early lead in the 29th minute when Raphael Onyedika found the right corner of the post. However, Benin Republic’s Jodel Dossou equalized after capitalizing on a defensive error by the Super Eagles. Shortly before halftime, Steve Mounie scored with a right-footed shot from a corner, giving Benin the lead.

Despite introducing substitutes Victor Boniface, Paul Onuachu, and Ibrahim Olawoyin, Nigeria was unable to equalize in the second half.

Head coach Finidi George had initially named Terem Moffi and Ademola Lookman to lead the attack, with Boniface starting on the bench. The starting lineup featured Stanley Nwabali in goal, with Bassey, Tanimu, Ajayi, and Osayi-Samuel in defense. The midfield trio included Ndidi, Onyeka, and Iwobi, while Chukwueze, Lookman, and Moffi led the attack. The substitutes included Iheanacho, Boniface, Onuachu, Abdullahi, Dele-Bashiru, Onyeka Awaziem, Olawoyin, Igboke, Ismaila, Okoye (GK), and Ojo (GK).

This defeat places Nigeria fifth in the six-team table, while the Benin Republic rises to first place. Nigeria has drawn three matches and lost one in their four qualifying games.

In the previous match last Friday, Nigeria drew 1-1 against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in the third round of the qualifiers. Themba Zwane scored for South Africa in the 29th minute at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. Nigeria’s Fisayo Dele-Bashiru equalized with a low shot in the 46th minute, but the match ended in a stalemate.

The Super Eagles will need to regroup and strategize to improve their standings and keep their World Cup hopes alive as the qualifiers continue.


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