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AFCON 2021: Eagles forward reveals Nigeria’s game plan for Benin’s Squirrels

Villarreal  winger  Samuel Chukwueze said  the Super Eagles cannot  afford to toy with  the Squirrels of  Benin when both sides clash today at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo  on MatchDay1  towards the b2021 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Cameroon.

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The Beninese under French coach Michel Dussuyer, were one of the surprise packets  at the recently concluded 2019 AFCON in Egypt where they  drew with both Cameroon and Ghana.

Though they lost in the quarter finals to eventual runner up Senegal in the quarter finals, they accounted for  the shock exit of cup favourites Morocco  in the Round of 16.

“ Tomorrow (today) match against Benin in Uyo  is going to be great for us,” the 20-year-old Chukwueze told NationSport shortly on arrival in Uyo  yesterday. “ Although we have  little time for preparation, we are going to do our best.”

Chukwueze has been one of  the mainstays  in the new-look Super eagles  since he  made his international debut with the Super Eagles   exactly a year ago as a starter in a goalless in an international  friendly against the Cranes of  Uganda on 20th  November 2018.

He impressed at the 2019 AFCON where he scored his first senior goal in the 2–1 win over South Africa in the quarter finals and he would most likely earn his 10th cap today against the visiting Beninese.

 “I’m ready  to play if fielded by the coach, “  noted the 2018 Nigeria Football Federation’s  Young Player of the Year.“ It is true that they (Benin) will be tough but we are going to push harder against them.”

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The Coach Gernot Rohr-led side will be hoping to kick their 2021 AFCON campaign on a flying note against the Squirrels, before traveling to Maseru for the Matchday 2 tie against Lesotho on Sunday.


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