Senegal will look to bounce back to semifinal contention in the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations when they take on Benin in a Group B clash at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Senegal went into their group opener against Niger as clear favourites, but they conceded a late goal to Hinsa Issoufou and suffered a shock 2-1 defeat which leaves them level with Ivory Coast (who also suffered a surprise loss) on zero points at the bottom of the standings.
“Let me first congratulate our opponents Niger for winning this match,” said Teranga Lions coach Moustapha Seck after the loss.
“Who said Senegal is a favourite for the tournament? All the teams here are equal only for the players on the pitch to fight to change things.
“Our first match wasn’t good but today we tried to change things, but our attackers could not take those chances and football is like that.
“We hope to see what we can do for our next match against Benin on Sunday.”
Their opponents, Benin, will be high on confidence after beating Ivory Coast 1-0 thanks to a strike from Charbel Gomez.
The result left them level with Niger on three points and within touching distance of a place in the final four.
The Squirrels and coach Oumar Tchomogo will look to keep up the spirit and determination which has seen them overcome two much-fancied opponents at the tournament in Ghana (they also beat Cape Verde in the last 16).
Senegal and Benin have met in five previous matches, according to FIFA statistics.
The Teranga Lions have claimed four wins – with none for the Squirrels – and outscored their opponents seven goals to three in the process.
Head-to-head: Senegal v Benin
Matches played 5
Senegal wins 4
Benin wins 0
Senegal goals 7
Benin goals 3