World Cup qualifiers: Super Eagles seek first win against Benin in Abidjan

The Super Eagles this evening Is looking for their first win on the road for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying series against Benin in Abidjan.

After three rounds of matches in the qualifying tournament, Nigeria and Zimbabwe are the only two teams in Group C yet to celebrate victory.

Nigeria is having three points and fifth on the log while Zimbabwe is at the rear with just two points.

This has been a very open group since Matchday 2 when Rwanda shocked South Africa at home to go top of the standings.

The unpredictability in this group was evident this past week after Benin beat erstwhile leaders Rwanda to record their first victory in the series and Lesotho stunned host Zimbabwe 2-0 to shoot to the summit of the table on five points.

“Everybody can beat everybody, it’s a very tricky group,” described South Africa coach Hugo Broos.

“This group is very tricky that after three games the results have been unbelievable with Lesotho on top.

“The little teams in Africa have progressed a lot, like we all saw at the AFCON, every team can take points from the other.

“This group is very tricky that after three games the results have been unbelievable with Lesotho on top.

“The little teams in Africa have progressed a lot, like we all saw at the AFCON, every team can take points from the other.
Super Eagles coach Finidi George is under serious pressure to lead the Super Eagles to victory tomorrow to lift hopes of a remarkable comeback by his team.

“The players want to go to the World Cup and they have resolved to give their all in every game going forward,” declared the former Enyimba coach.

“We had our opportunities against South Africa and should have won, but that is gone and we face another challenge now.
“We have resolved not to look too far ahead. The essence is to take it one match at a time.

“Benin are in our front now and we must deal with that squarely.”

The Super Eagles have enjoyed a superior head-to-head record against next-door neigbours the Cheetahs of Benin.

They have won 13, drew two and lost a game of the past 16 meetings against Benin.

Incidentally, Benin fell 1-0 to Nigeria in March 2021 in an AFCON qualifier with Gernot Rohr then in charge of the Super Eagles.