…Benin Republic Goalie Allagbe, left back Imorou warn Nigeria
Benin Republic goalkeeper Allagbe Saturnin says the Super Eagles must be prepared for a tough battle when both teams clash this month in a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match, reports Completesports.com.
The Squirrels will host their neighbours at the Stade Charles de Gaulle on Saturday, March 27.
The Super Eagles defeated Michel Dussuyer’s side 2-1 on matchday one at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
Allagbe insists they will go all out for a win against the three-time African champions.
“We have our goal. It is to qualify us. Nigeria are the favorites but we are going to push them around as much as possible,” the Dijon of France goalkeeper told ojbsport.com.
Also, Emmanuel Imorou who plays in the lower division in France believes the Benin team that will face Nigeria in about three wees time is stronger than than the squad that lost 1-0 to Senegal at the quarter-final stage of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
“Since the Nations Cup, we have had some very good results – we have beaten Ivory Coast [and] Gabon [in friendlies],” 32-year-old Benin international Imorou who plays in the French Championnat National 3 for Thonon Évian Grand Genève Football Club told BBC Sport Africa.
“Even during our qualifiers, we have put on some great displays. We are better, if we compare to my debut, in terms of structure, organisation, equipment – it is starting to look like something good.
“We are a team with a great bond. We don’t have clashes, we get along and I think it’s important – in the crucial games, it helps us.”
Nigeria top Group L with eight points from four games, while Benin sit in second position with seven points from the same number of matches.