Benin Defeats Nigeria 2-1, Jeopardizing Super Eagles’ World Cup Hopes

In a significant setback, the Super Eagles of Nigeria lost 2-1 to Benin Republic, severely impacting their chances of qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The defeat, which leaves Nigeria in fifth place in Group C with only three points from four matches, follows a disappointing home draw against South Africa.
Under pressure head coach Finidi George made strategic changes to the lineup, including bringing in Raphael Onyedika, who scored the opening goal in the 27th minute.

However, defensive errors allowed Benin to equalize and subsequently take the lead, with goals from Jodel Dossou and Steve Mounie. Despite numerous attempts to equalize, the Super Eagles were unable to break through Benin’s solid defense.

The loss has intensified scrutiny on George and the team’s performance, as fans and analysts express growing concerns about Nigeria’s diminishing prospects for the World Cup. The team now faces an uphill battle in their remaining qualification matches.

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