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African Cup of Nations Team Profile: Benin

Monday 17/June/2019 - 11:28 AM
Benin team
Benin team
Translated and Edited by: Mohamed Emad

The Benin national football team is nicknamed Les Écureuils (The Squirrels).They were known as the Dahomey national football team until 1975، when Republic of Dahomey became Benin.

They have never qualified for the World Cup، but have reached three recent African Nations Cups – 2004، 2008، and 2010.

On 8 February 2010 after the preliminary competition from the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola، the Benin Football Federation dissolved the national team، coach Henri Dussuyer and his complete staff were fired.[3] On May 9، 2016، Benin was suspended from FIFA.


Nickname: Les Ecureuils
Previous appearances: 3
For the first time in nine years، Benin are back at the finals، their fourth overall. ‘Les Ecureuils’ meaning Squirrels made their bow in 2004، with further appearances in 2008 and 2010.

Key Facts
Burundi remained unbeaten in their qualification group for the 2019 competition، winning two and drawing four of their six matches.
Only Odion Ighalo (7) scored more goals in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying than Burundi’s Fiston Abdul Razak (6). Razak netted four goals in one match away at South Sudan in the qualifying campaign.

Benin (Group F)
Goalkeepers: Saturnin Allagbe (NiortFRA)، Fabien Farnolle (Yeni MalatyasporTUR)، Cherif Dine Kakpo (Buffles Borgou)

Defenders: Khaled Adenon (AmiensFRA)، Moise Adilehou (LevadiakosGRE)، Seidou Baraze (YzeureFRA)، Rodrigue Fassinou (ASPAC)، Emmanuel Imorou (CaenFRA)، David Kiki (Red StarFRA)، Junior Salomon (Plateau UtdNGR)، Olivier Verdon (SochauxFRA)

Midfielders: Jordan Adeoti (AuxerreFRA)، Sessi D’Almeida (YeovilENG)، Rodrigue Kossi (Club AfricainTUN)، Mama Seibou (ToulonFRA)، Stephane Sessegnon (GenclerbirligiTUR)، Anaane Tidjani (Ben GuerdaneTUN)

Forwards: Desire Azankpo (SenicaSVK)، David Djigla (NiortFRA)، Jodel Dossou (VaduzLIE)، Steve Mounie (HuddersfieldENG)، Mickael Pote (Adana DemirsporTUR)، Cebio Soukou (Hansa RostockGER)

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