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. 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.
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