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AFCON 2022 qualifier: 2 Benin players test positive for COVID-19 as match against Nigeria could be called off
- The Benin vs Nigeria match is suffering a huge setback after reports claim two players from the home team tested positive for COVID-19
- Both teams are already in Port Novo, venue for the AFCON 2022 Group L qualifier
- The Super Eagles are ahead of the Squirrels on the table with just a point and a win from either side will seal qualification
The much-anticipated AFCON 2022 qualifiers may have suffered a huge setback as reports claim that two Benin players have tested positive for coronavirus.
Renowned sports journalist Charles Anazodo made the revelation on his official Twitter handle as he said:
"Reports from Cotonou says two Benin Republic players have tested positive to Covid-19."
An official statement is yet to be made by the Benin Football Federation regarding the latest development as the match is just a few hours away from kick-off.
The Squirrels are just a point behind the Super Eagles in Group L and a win over the three-time African champions would ensure qualification before their last game against Sierra Leone.
The last meeting against their Nigerian counterparts ended in a 2-1 loss in a match played at the Abuja National Stadium back in November 2020.
Benin are still favourites to earn one of the two slots in Group L ahead of Sierra Leone and Lesotho who are the other contenders in the group.
The Squirrels earned wins over the bottom-placed sides but fail to move ahead of Nigeria after the Super Eagles played back-to-back draws against Leone Stars.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that all is now set for the AFCON 2022 qualifier between the Republic of Benin and their Nigerian counterpart at the Stade de l'Amitie in Port Novo.
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Both teams are separated by a point and a win for either side will ensure qualification to the biggest soccer fiesta in Africa in Cameroon with a match to spare.
The Super Eagles will be looking to end their unimpressive run following back-to-back draws against Sierra Leone in the last outings.
On the other hand, The Squirrels failed to leapfrog Nigeria on the Group L table after being held to a draw by Lesotho.