Dare’s reservation was due to the national team’s lacklustre performance against Sierra Leone in their doubleheader AFCON 2022 qualifier.
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Spurred on by a special incentive of a blank cheque made by President Julius Maada Bio should they defeat the Super Eagles, the Leone Stars approached the game with some gusto and sought to wear down the Eagles with their team work, cohesion and fast breaks.
Nigeria leads Group L with eight points, while Benin trails by seven points after they were held to a scoreless draw in Manseru
The team’s media officer, Babafemi Raji, made this disclosure on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the match, which was played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, Edo State, saw the Leone Stars claw their way back from a four goal deficit to level the game.
Nigeria leads the group with six points from two games
In the guidelines communicated to the Nigeria Football Federation, CAF instructed, under Media Operations, that there would be no mixed zone, virtual press conference only if possible (media officers from both teams only), and that only the TV channels with the rights will be allowed flash interviews. Also, only photographers of participating teams would be allowed at the match.
Victory in both games will virtually guarantee Nigeria a spot at the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for Cameroon early next year, ahead of their away clash to Benin Republic in Porto Novo in June and home tie against Lesotho early September.