Nigeria national football team players pose prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, southern Nigeria, on September 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO
Benin Republic Squirrels are aiming to beat Nigeria’s Super Eagles in today’s WAFU Cup of Nations semi-final clash billed for the Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana.
Benin were the shock winners of the Group B pairings after beating Niger Republic 2-1 on Tuesday night. Before their feat they were third on the log and faced the danger of crashing out. Against the Super Eagles today coach Oumar Tchomogo is looking up to his wards to beat the Eagles as pay back for the 2-1 aggregate loss they suffered in the hands of the Super Eagles in last months CHAN qualifiers.
Having beaten the likes of Cape Verde and Ivory Coast so far in the WAFU competition, the Squirrels are motivated to beat the Super Eagles who themselves showed up in their last group game against Ghana to win 2-0.
“Though we respect the Nigerian team. We are going to do our best and get a good result,” said Tchomogo.
The winner of this semifinal will face either Ghana or Niger in the final on Sunday, while the loser will play in the third-place playoff on Saturday.
Nigeria and Benin have met in 18 previous matches, according to FIFA statistics, with the Eagles having 11 wins – compared to just two for the Squirrels – and outscored their opponents 42 goals to 10 in the process.