Benin vs Nigeria: Gernot Rohr Speaks After Taking Super Eagles Down

Benin vs Nigeria: Gernot Rohr Speaks After Taking Super Eagles Down

Edwin Kiplagat
June 11, 2024 at 3:07 PM
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  • Benin registered a massive win over Nigeria on Monday, June 10, in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • The Cheetahs, coached by former Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, came from a goal down to secure a narrow 2-1 win
  • Rohr was pleased with the victory over his former team, highlighting his team's incredible never-say-die attitude

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Gernot Rohr's Benin went into their 2026 World Cup qualifier against African giants Nigeria as underdogs on Monday evening.

After the final whistle sounded, they had vanquished their fancied neighbours, who boasted a talented European-based squad with a 2-1 scoreline.

Rohr, who coached Nigeria before, was delighted with the win that saw his team take control of their group, which also has South Africa.

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Gernot Rohr celebrating Benin's win over Nigeria with his players. Photo by Issouf Sanogo.
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The Super Eagles were looking for their first win in the qualifiers after drawing with Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and Bafana Bafana last Friday in Uyo.

Benin top a tough Group C

Rohr's side, on the other hand, had beaten Rwanda on Thursday, June 6, their first win in Group C. They had lost to South Africa and drawn with Lesotho in their first two matches.

On Monday, they went down 1-0 in the 28th minute after Raphael Onyedika's well-taken goal. Two goals late in the first half through Jodel Dossou and Steve Mounie gave the Cheetahs a 2-1 lead, which they held onto for the rest of the game.

Benin are now top of Group C with seven points from four matches, while the three-time African champions are fifth with three points and are winless in the qualifying campaign, per FIFA.

Rohr reacts to Benin vs Nigeria

Speaking to Brila, the German tactician was happy his team pulled off an upset win against his former employers.

"It was a great game for us. You know that Benin could never win against Nigeria," he said.
"It was difficult when we conceded the first goal, but the reaction was great, and my young players did very well."

The veteran was happy to see some familiar faces from the Nigerian camp.

"My former boys, I'm always happy to meet them again, On the pitch there's no friendship.

Finidi's reaction to Benin vs Nigeria

Sports Brief earlier reported on Nigeria coach, Finidi George, reacting to Nigeria's surprise defeat to Benin.

He called on the fans to keep the faith whilst urging players to stay committed to the national team.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.