Former Bayelsa United and now Plateau United defender Salomon Junior has been named in the Benin squad for AFCON.
Benin Republic head coach Michel Dussuyer named Plateau United defender Salomon Junior in his 23-man squad for the tournament in Egypt.
Salomon who was a captain while at Bayelsa United has been a backbone in the final third of Jos based club since he joining them in 2016.
The 33-year-old Salomon played for ASPAC Cotonou, Asec Mimosas of Abidjan, Union Sportive Seme Krake of Porto Novo before arriving in Nigeria to join Bayelsa United in 2013.
The Plateau United defender has been part of the Benin national football team at the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola, will be hoping to help the Squirrels make an impact, as underdogs, at AFCON 2019.
Dussuyer’s chosen squad for the tournament consists of:
Saturnin Allagbé (Niort / France), Fabien Farnolle (Yeni Malatyaspor / Turkey), Cherif Dine Kakpo (Buffaloes)
Olivier Verdon (Sochaux / France), Khaled Adenon (Amiens / France), Moise Adilehou (Levadiakos / Greece), Junior Salomon (United Plateau / Nigeria) Seidou Barazé (Moulins Yzeure / France), Rodrigue Fassinou (Aspac) , David Kiki (Red Star / France), Emmanuel Imorou (Caen / France)
Sessi d’Almeida (Yeovil Town / England), Jordan Adeoti (Auxerre / France), Mama Seibou (Toulon SC / France), Stéphane Sèssegnon (Genclerbirligi / Turkey), Tidjani Anaane (Ben Guerdane / Tunisia), Rodrigue Kossi (African Club / Tunisia)
Steve Mounié (Huddersfield / England), Michael Poté (Adana Demirspor / Turkey), Jodel Dossou (Vaduz / Switzerland), David Djigla (Niort / France), Desire Sègbè Azankpo (FK Senica / Slovakia), Cèbio Soukou ( Hansa Rostock / Germany)
The draw put Benin in Group F alongside Ghana, Guinea Bissau, and Cameroon and they will play their games in Ismailia. Dussuyer’s men will take on the Black Stars of Ghana in their first AFCON 2019 game on June 25.