Benin's national football team: players, coach, world rankings, nickname

Benin's national football team: players, coach, world rankings, nickname

Claudia Kogi
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM

Founded in 1962 and managed by the Benin Football Federation, the Benin football team is a football club representing Benin's republic in men's soccer. The team was formerly known as Dahomey's national football team until 1975 when the Republic of Dahomey officially became Benin. Will the four African Nations Cup contenders be in the 2022 AFCON?

Benin's national football team
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Does Benin's national football team have a nickname? Yes, they do. The players are often dubbed The Squirrels. Have a look at this article and find more information about Benin's national football team, their roster, its current squad, coach, AFCON participation, and much more!

Profile summary

  • Full name: Benin national football team
  • Nickname: The Squirrels
  • Managed by: Benin Football Federation
  • Founded: 1962
  • Colours: Yellow and white
  • Federation: CAF
  • Head coach: Michel Dussuyer
  • Captain: Khaled Adenon
  • Most caps: Stephane Sessegnon (83)
  • Top scorer: Stephane Sessegnon (24)
  • FIFA ranking: 83 (as of December 2021)
  • Stadium: Stade de l'Amiti
  • FIFA code: BEN


Benin made their debut in the soccer scene in 1959 when they hosted and played their first match against Nigeria. While the team played the game before the country attained independence, Benin has been affiliated with FIFA since 1962 and is a member of the Confederation of African Football.

AFCON campaigns

They debuted in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004. However, they were eliminated after losing to Morocco, South Africa, and Nigeria three times. During the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Benin drew against Mozambique, leading to winning the first point in his history at the CAN.

Benin national football team
Players pose for a group photo before the West African Economic and Monetary Union Integration Cup football match final against Burkina Faso in the Marcory district of Abidjan. Photo: Sia Kambou
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Did Benin's national football team qualify for AFCON 2022?

Unfortunately, The Squirrels did not qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations. Their last appearance in AFCON competitions was in 2019 when they played against Egypt.

Benin's national football team FIFA ranking

What is Benin's national football team world rankings? According to the latest FIFA rankings, the team sits at position 83 with 1282.53 points, just after Uganda, which has 1285.28 points. The Squirrels' highest FIFA ranking was position 59 in 2010, while their lowest was position 165 in 1996.

Who is Benin's national football team captain?

Have a look at the profile summary below and find more details about their current captain.

Khaled Adénon's profile summary

  • Full name: Abdoul Khaled Akiola Adénon
  • Place of birth: Allahe, Benin
  • Date of birth: 28 July 1985
  • Age: 36 years old (as of January 2022)
  • Nationality: Beninese
  • Height in feet: 5'11"
  • Height in centimetres: 181
  • Current team: Doxa Katokopias and The Squirrels
  • Position: Defender
  • Number: 3

Who is Benin's national football team coach?

For the success and prosperity of any given team, a coach is mandatory for further guidance and general leadership. Below is a short profile of the team's coach. Have a look.

Benin national football team players
Emmanuel Imorou and coach Michel Dussuyer appear dejected after the final whistle of the 2019 AFCON quarter final soccer against Senegal and Benin at the 30 June stadium. Photo: Omar Zoheiry
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Michel Dussuyer's profile summary

  • Full name: Michel Dussuyer
  • Place of birth: Cannes, France
  • Date of birth: 28 May 1959
  • Age: 61 years old (as of January 2022)
  • Nationality: French
  • Current team: The Squirrels

Who is Benin's top scorer?

Have a look at the profile summary of their top scorer, Stephane.

Stephane Sessegnon's profile summary

  • Full name: Stephane Sessegnon
  • Place of birth: Allahe, Benin
  • Date of birth: 1 June 1984
  • Age: 37 years old (as of January 2022)
  • Nationality: Beninese
  • Height in feet: 5'6"
  • Height in centimetres: 168
  • Position: Forward
  • Current team: The Squirrels
  • Goals: 23

Who are current Benin's national football team players?

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) competitions. Have a look.


  • Fabien Farnolle (BB Erzurumspor)
  • Saturnin Allagbé (Valenciennes)
  • Jamie Wabuinka (Viborg FF)


Benin national football team world rankings
The players pose in Ouagadougou during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification football match against Burkina Faso. Photo: Ahmed Ouba
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  • Youssouf Assogba (Boulogne)
  • Khaled Adénon (Avranches)
  • Cédric Hountondji (Clermont)
  • Yohan Roche (Adanaspor)
  • Olivier Verdon (Ludogorets Razgrad)
  • David Kiki (Arda Kardzhali)
  • Moïse Adiléhou (NAC Breda)
  • Melvyn Doremus (FC Chambly)
  • Junior Olaitan
  • Abdou Bourou (ASKO Kara)
  • Djalilou Ouorou (Les Buffles)


  • Mattéo Ahlinvi (Dijon)
  • Jordan Adéoti (Annecy)
  • Jérôme Bonou (Djoliba)
  • Sessi D'Almeida (Valenciennes)
  • Jodel Dossou (Clermont)
  • Rodrigue Kossi (Club Africanis)


  • Steve Mounié (Brest)
  • Mickaël Poté (Bandırmaspor)
  • Tidjani Anaane (Menemenspor)
  • Désiré Segbé Azankpo (Dunkerque)
  • Charbel Gomez (Amiens)
  • Marcellin Koukpo CS Constantine

Even though Benin's national football team has not yet qualified to play in the World Cup, the team's diehards have remained optimistic that they will sooner or later bring the Cup home.

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