AFCON: Benin Squirrels out to close gap in Group L

AFCON: Benin Squirrels out to close gap in Group L

  • The Squirrels of Benin will be eyeing a back to back win in the qualifying race to Cameroon 2022 when they take on Lesotho this afternoon.
  • At the Au Stade Charles DeGaulle, Benin will go toe to toe against Lesotho, who shares national flag colours with Sierra Leone.
 
Group L  –  14 November 2020 kick-off is at 16:00 hrs local time in Cotonou, Benin.
 
The West Africa nation recorded a 1-0 win over Sierra Leone in matchday two of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers in November 2019.
 
Lesotho, on the other hand, started their qualifying campaign in a closed-doors 1-1 outing to Sierra Leone in Freetown, before losing 4-2 to the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Maseru last November.
 
A win for Lesotho will change proceedings in this group, especially after Sierra Leone famous rally in Nigeria on Friday.
 
Nigeria still leaders of Group L with seven points from three games, Benin in second and Sierra Leone third with two points after three matches.
AFCON Group L standings

AFCON Group L standings

Coach John Keister lauds famous Sierra Leone comeback

Coach John Keister lauds famous Sierra Leone comeback

  • After guided his side to one of Africa’s most famous comeback in Nigeria, Sierra Leone coach John Keister has applauded his super subs on Friday.
  • All four of Keister’s changes providing the inspiration the Leone Stars needed coming from four-goal down to earn a remarkable 4-4 in 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Benin City, Edo State.

“We’re delighted. Playing away in Nigeria as always was going to be difficult,” Keister told journalists during his post-match.

“I think we showed Nigeria a lot of respect in the first half, but we realised we needed to bring in fresh legs and important players we left out.”

“The difference was the changes that we made. I’m not disappointed we didn’t win the match. We can’t be too greedy. We’ll take the draw to Freetown. I think it was a game of two halves.”

Meanwhile, the President of the Nigerian Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has summoned Gernot Rohr and his technical crew to a meeting on Saturday what many Nigerians described a poor showing against Sierra Leone.

Nigeria still leaders of Group L with seven points from three games but a defeat in Sierra Leone will leave the race to Cameroon wide open.

The Leone Stars are third with two points after three matches with Benin and Lesotho set to play their game on the 14th of November.

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