Benin vs Nigeria: Rohr names strong Cheetahs XI to deepen Super Eagles’ woes

Gernot Rohr has named a strong lineup for Benin’s World Cup qualifier against Nigeria, maintaining the same starting XI that defeated Rwanda on Thursday.

Rohr hopes his team will give their all to build on the recent 1-0 victory over Rwanda, which lifted them to third place in the standings, just ahead of the Super Eagles.

Benin's win brought them level on points with Rwanda, but one point behind the group leaders, Lesotho, who defeated bottom-placed Zimbabwe in round three. This means that only three points separate the top and bottom teams in Group C.

Benin are one of four nations to have secured a win in this tightly contested group, highlighting the competitiveness after three matches, with no clear frontrunner for first place.

Having played a day before Nigeria, the Cheetahs are hopeful that the extra day's rest will give them an edge as they aim to end the Super Eagles' undefeated start to the qualifiers.

Mounie to lead Benin charge vs Nigeria

Rohr has decided to stick to the 4-3-3 formation that served him well against the Amavubis. Marcel Dandjinou remains in goal and will be shielded by a four-man defence of Rachid Moumini, Cédric Houtondji, Mohamed Tijani and David Kiki.

In midfield, Dokou Dodo, the match winner against Rwanda retained his place in the team and he will be complemented by Sessi D’Almeida and Hassane Imourane

Steve Mounie, Jodel Dossou and Junior Olaitan will be leading the attack for the Cheetahs.

Gernot Rohr names Benin confirmed XI vs Nigeria
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Gernot Rohr names Benin confirmed lineup vs Nigeria

Formation (4-3-3)

Goalkeeper: Marcel Dandjinou.
Defenders: Rachid Moumini, Cédric Houtondji, Mohamed Tijani, David Kiki.
Midfielders: Dokou Dodo, Sessi D’Almeida, Hassane Imourane.
Forwards: Jodel Dossou, Steve Mounié, Junior Olaitan.

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