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Gernot Rohr’s Benin Republic, Super Eagles set for showdown on road to 2026 FIFA World Cup

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Otu George

When the group stage draws for the qualifying matches for the 2026 World Cup on the African continent was made, it took a while before the realisation of two fierce clashes dawned on fans of the Super Eagles.

The Super Eagles find themselves in the same group as South Africa – rather not too surprising given that the South African are regular foes – Benin Republic, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Lesotho.

The major talking point here is Benin Republic who are now being managed by former Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr who was the gaffer of the 2013 AFCON winner from 2016 to 2021. The manager guided the team as the first African nation to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.