2021 AFCON: Benin Republic Squirrels’ Contingent Arrives Uyo For Eagles Battle

Nigeria’s 2021 AFCON qualification Group L opponents the Squirrels of Benin Republic will land in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday’s duel with the Super Eagles.

Both teams clash at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in the opening encounter of the qualifying campaign from 5pm on Wednesday.

The two West African sides were also part of the 2019 AFCON finals in Egypt, with Nigeria finishing in third place while Benin Republic famously defeated Morocco while holding their own against Cameroon and Ghana in getting to the quarterfinals where they lost narrowly to eventual finalists Senegal.

Players of the Super Eagles began arriving in Uyo on Sunday, with defender Kenneth Omeruo and utility player Samuel Kalu among the early birds at the Ibom Meridien Hotel and Resorts.

CAF has named Senegalese official Issa Sy as referee for the match, to be assisted by compatriots Nouha Bangoura (assistant referee 1), El Hadji Abdoul Aziz Gueye (assistant referee 2) and Fatou Thioune (fourth official).

The match will also see Munkaila Nassam Adam from Ghana as match commissioner while Kria Samir Bouzareah from Algeria will play the role of referee assessor.

The match officials arrived in Uyo on Monday.

Cameroon is the designated host nation for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals.