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Super Eagles shockingly fall to Benin in FIFA World Cup Qualifier

The Super Eagles’ quest for their first victory in Group C of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers ended in disappointment as they suffered a defeat to Benin on Monday.

The match began with both teams starting cautiously, with Nigeria displaying patience in their attacks but struggling to find the cutting edge in their execution.

After 27 minutes, the deadlock was broken by Super Eagles midfielder Raphael Onyedika. Onyedika received a pass from Samuel Chukwueze near the box and expertly slotted the ball into the corner of the right post, leaving goalkeeper Marcel Dandjinou stranded.

However, Nigeria’s lead was short-lived as Jodel Dossou capitalised on a defensive error by Nigeria to level the score just 10 minutes later, in front of goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali.


Before the halftime whistle, Benin extended their lead when striker Steve Mounié pounced on a loose ball from a corner kick.

In the early stages of the second half, Nigeria made tactical adjustments, substituting Alex Iwobi and Terem Moffi for Paul Onuachu and Victor Boniface respectively, in a bid to turn the tide of the match.

Despite creating several chances to equalise, coach Finidi George’s team failed to convert them into goals, ultimately succumbing to a 2-1 defeat. This loss leaves Nigeria in fifth place in Group C, with Benin leading the table.

The host team deserves praise for their tenacity in coming back from a goal down to defeat the Super Eagles and earn all possible points.


Meanwhile, Nigeria’s struggles persist as they continue to seek their first victory. With three draws and a loss in four matches during the FIFA World Cup qualifying stages, the Super Eagles face an uphill battle.

The FIFA World Cup qualifiers are set to resume in March 2025, with the Super Eagles scheduled to face Rwanda on March 17th, followed by a match against Zimbabwe on March 24th.

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