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Super Eagles Drop to Fourth in World Cup Qualifiers After Benin’s Victory


The Super Eagles of Nigeria have fallen from third to fourth place in Group C of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers without even playing, following Benin Republic’s 1-0 victory over Rwanda on Thursday.

Under the guidance of former Super Eagles coach Genort Rohr, Benin climbed to second place in the group standings. A first-half goal by Dodo Dokou at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Ivory Coast, Benin’s adopted home ground, secured the win. This result placed Benin level with group leaders Rwanda, both teams having four points.

While Rwanda’s defeat was a setback for them, it turned out to be a potential advantage for Nigeria. The Super Eagles now face a crucial match against South Africa in Uyo on Friday. A victory in this match will propel Nigeria to the top of the table with five points, edging out Rwanda, who have remained at the top since their win over South Africa in their second group game.

Following the match against Bafana Bafana, the Super Eagles will encounter another challenging fixture against Benin in Ivory Coast on Monday. Meanwhile, South Africa will be up against Zimbabwe in their next qualifier.

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