Benin Rep 1-0 Nigeria: Late Penalty gives Squirrels Edge over Eagles in CHAN Qualifiers

Benin Rep 1-0 Nigeria: Late Penalty gives Squirrels Edge over Eagles in CHAN Qualifiers

Nigeria lost 1-0 to Benin Republic on Sunday in the first-leg of the 2018 African Nations Championship at the Stade de Mathieu Kerekou, Cotonou.

Center Referee, Mustapha Ghorbal needed no second opinion after Midfielder, Hafiz Aremu hacked down a Benin Republic attacker inside the box.


The resultant penalty was converted by Mama Seibou, who gave the Squirrels an important  lead with just a minute of regulation time left to play.

That victory hands Benin Republic an advantage going into the second-leg tie next week in Kano.

Nigeria, whose best performance at the CHAN was a bronze medal finish in 2014, have only qualified for two of the past four editions.

The CHAN Eagles lost to Ghana and Niger in 2009 and 2011 qualifying rounds respectively.

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