The Dijon and Brest stars are among the many Squirrels invited to face the Tremendous Eagles and Leone Stars on this month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers

Benin Republic have introduced a 23-man squad to face Nigeria and Sierra Leone on this month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualification video games with Dijon goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe and Brest ahead Steve Mounie making the reduce.

The Squirrels at present occupy the second spot in Group L having accrued seven factors from 4 matches performed to date.

A constructive lead to each video games will see the West African nation attain the biennial African soccer showpiece for the fifth time.

Apparently, all of the gamers invited by coach Michel Dussuyer are foreign-based professionals, whereas captain Stephan Sessegnon, Olivier Gerdon and Rudy Gestede have been omitted from the crew.

Sessegnon stays with out a membership for the reason that finish of his spell at Turkish Tremendous Lig outfit Genclerbirligi.

Nevertheless, the 36-year-old will likely be within the Squirrels’ camp as a non-playing skipper to spice up the morale of his teammates.

Benin welcome Gernot Rohr’s Tremendous Eagles to Porto-Novo’s Stade Charles de Gaulle on Saturday earlier than heading to the Nationwide Stadium Freetown for his or her final group fixture towards Sierra Leone who should win their final two video games to face an opportunity of reaching Cameroon 2022.

The Squirrels’ final outing at Afcon was in the course of the 2019 version the place they crashed out of the quarter-final after a 1-Zero defeat to Senegal.

Idrissa Gueye’s 70th-minute effort settled the encounter staged inside Cairo’s 30 June Stadium.

The 33rd version of the biennial match was attributable to start in Cameroon on January 9, 2021, however was pushed again to January 2022 as a result of influence of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the continent.

Algeria are the reigning African champions, having defeated Senegal 1-Zero within the 2019 ultimate in Cairo.

 

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Saturnin Allagbe (Dijon/France), Fabien Farnolle (Sidama Cofee/ Ethiopia), Marcel Dandjinou (JDR Stars/South Africa)

Defenders: Youssouf Assogba (Amiens/France), Seidou Baraze (SC Shiltigheim/France), Khaled Adenon (USAvranches/France), Moise Adilehou (Breda/Netherlands), Cedric Hountondji (Clermont/France), Yohan Roche (Rodez/France), David Kiki (PFC Montana/Bulgaria), Emmanuel Imorou (Evian TGG/France)

Midfielders: Sessi d’Almeida (Valenciennes/France), Jordan Adeoti (Annecy FC/France), Anaane Tidjani (Menemenspor/Turkey), Rodrigue Kossi (Membership Africain/Tunisia), Matteo Ahlinvi (NImes/France), Jerome Agossa (Djoliba AC /Mali)

Forwards: Michael Pote (Bandirmaspor/Turkey), Cebio Soukou (Bielefeld/Germany), Jodel Dossou (Clermont/France), Marcellin Koukpo ( CR Belouizdad/Algeria), Steve Mounie (Brest/France), Jacques Bessan (Olympique Beja/Tunisia)

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