Benin national football team

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Benin
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Écureuils
(The Squirrels)
Association Fédération Béninoise de Football
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Didier Ollé-Nicolle
Captain Stéphane Sessègnon
Top scorer Razak Omotoyossi (21)
Home stadium Stade de l'Amitié
FIFA code BEN
FIFA ranking 77 Increase 14 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 59 (November 2009, April 2010)
Lowest FIFA ranking 165 (July 1996)
Elo ranking 106
Highest Elo ranking 93 (14 Nov 2009 - 12 Jan 2010)
Lowest Elo ranking 165 (1995-96)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Dahomey 0–1 Nigeria 
(Dahomey; 8 November 1959)
Biggest win
 Dahomey 7–0 Mauritania 
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; 27 December 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Nigeria 10–1 Dahomey Benin
(Nigeria; 28 November 1959)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 3 (First in 2004)
Best result Round 1

The Benin national football team, nicknamed Les Écureuils (The Squirrels), is the national football team of Benin and is controlled by the Fédération Béninoise de Football. They were known as the Dahomey national football team until 1975, when Dahomey became Benin. They have never made the World Cup but have reached three recent African Nations Cups2004, 2008 and 2010. On 8 February 2010 after the preliminary competition from the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, the Fédération Béninoise de Football have dissolved the national team, coach Henri Dussuyer and his complete staff were fired.[1]

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations Record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Ethiopia 1962 Did Not Enter
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972 Did Not Qualify
Egypt 1974 Withdrew
Ethiopia 1976
Ghana 1978 Did Not Enter
Nigeria 1980 Did Not Qualify
Libya 1982 Did Not Enter
Ivory Coast 1984 Did Not Qualify
Egypt 1986
Morocco 1988
Algeria 1990
Senegal 1992
Tunisia 1994
South Africa 1996 Withdrew
Burkina Faso 1998 Did Not Qualify
Ghana Nigeria 2000
Mali 2002
Tunisia 2004 Group Stage 16th 3 0 0 3 1 8
Egypt 2006 Did Not Qualify
Ghana 2008 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 1 7
Angola 2010 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 2 5
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2013
Morocco 2015
Libya 2017 To Be Determined
Total 3/29 0 Titles 9 0 1 8 4 20

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

This is a list of matches over the past twelve months and any future scheduled matches.

Date Location Opponent Score Competition
9 June 2013 Benin Porto-Novo Algeria Algeria 1-3 2014 World Cup qualification
16 June 2013 Mali Bamako Mali Mali 2-2 2014 World Cup qualification
8 September 2013 Benin Porto-Novo Rwanda Rwanda 2-0 2014 World Cup qualification
18 November 2013 Tunisia Sousse Libya Libya 0-1 International friendly
17 May 2014 São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe 2-0 2015 AFCON qualification
1 June 2014 Benin Cotonou São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe 2-0 2015 AFCON qualification
20 July 2014 Benin Cotonou Malawi Malawi 1-0 2015 AFCON qualification
2 August 2014 Malawi Blantyre Malawi Malawi - 2015 AFCON qualification

Current squad[edit]

Match date: 20 July 2014
Competition: 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
Opposition:  Malawi

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Saturin Allagbè (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 21) 7 0 France Niort
1GK Emmanuel Fabiyi (1985-10-09) 9 October 1985 (age 28) 0 0 Nigeria Sunshine Stars
1GK Steve Glodjinon (1993-12-18) 18 December 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Benin Energie
2DF Khaled Adénon (1985-07-28) 28 July 1985 (age 29) 41 1 France Luçon
2DF Réda Johnson (1988-03-21) 21 March 1988 (age 26) 11 0 England Coventry City
2DF Séïdou Barazé (1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 23) 8 0 Morocco Hassania Agadir
2DF Badarou Nana Nafiou (1991-07-18) 18 July 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Algeria ASO Chlef
2DF Jean Ogounchi (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 23) 4 0 Gabon Cercle Mbéri Sportif
2DF Fortuné Oré 3 0 Benin USS Kraké
2DF Didier Sossa (1993-11-13) 13 November 1993 (age 20) 2 0 Benin AS Dragons
2DF Apollinaire Danvidé 0 0 Niger AS Douanes
2DF Eric Tossavi 0 0 Benin Avrankou Omnisport
3MF Stéphane Sessègnon (captain) (1984-06-01) 1 June 1984 (age 30) 51 13 England West Bromwich Albion
3MF Mouritala Ogunbiyi (vice-captain) (1982-10-10) 10 October 1982 (age 31) 42 6 France Nîmes
3MF Pascal Angan (1986-04-19) 19 April 1986 (age 28) 13 0 Kuwait Al-Nasr
3MF Jodel Dossou (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 22) 6 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
3MF Séïbou Mama (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 18) 3 0 Benin ASPAC
3MF Miracob Giscard Tchato (1994-12-08) 8 December 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Benin AS Police
4FW Mohamed Aoudou (1989-11-30) 30 November 1989 (age 24) 12 2 Algeria JS Saoura
4FW Rudy Gestede (1988-10-10) 10 October 1988 (age 25) 5 2 England Blackburn Rovers
4FW Frédéric Gounongbé (1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 (age 26) 2 1 Belgium Westerlo
4FW Désiré Segbé Azankpo (1993-05-06) 6 May 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch
4FW Nicolas Dognon 0 0 Niger AS Douanes

Recent call-ups[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Josias Sessou (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Benin Mogas 90
1GK Fabien Farnolle (1984-09-21) 21 September 1984 (age 29) 6 0 France Clermont Foot
1GK Guillaume Bèmènou (1984-08-05) 5 August 1984 (age 30) 7 0 Unattached
2DF Arsène Menessou (1987-12-15) 15 December 1987 (age 26) 9 0 Belgium Virton
2DF Brice Gozo (1993-11-23) 23 November 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Benin ASPAC
2DF Junior Salomon (1986-04-08) 8 April 1986 (age 28) 8 0 Nigeria Bayelsa United
2DF Lazadi Fousséni (1991-11-30) 30 November 1991 (age 22) 5 0 Benin ASPAC
2DF Femi Adjavi (1996-01-07) 7 January 1996 (age 18) 1 0 Benin JA Plateau
2DF Anicet Adjamossi (1984-03-15) 15 March 1984 (age 30) 45 4 France Locminé
2DF Emmanuel Imorou (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 26) 9 0 France Clermont Foot
2DF Jordan Adéoti (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 25) 7 0 France Caen
2DF Nabil Yarou (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Benin ASPAC
3MF Romuald Boco (1985-07-08) 8 July 1985 (age 29) 48 1 England Chesterfield
3MF Sessi D'Almeida (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 18) 0 0 France Bordeaux B
3MF Nouhoum Kobéna (1985-01-06) 6 January 1985 (age 29) 19 1 Finland KTP
3MF Ousmane Makarimi (1989-12-16) 16 December 1989 (age 24) 2 0 Benin Tonnerre d'Abomey
3MF Djibril Naïm (1995-12-31) 31 December 1995 (age 18) 1 0 Benin AS Police
3MF Garel Sossa (1989-09-03) 3 September 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Benin USS Kraké
3MF Séïdath Tchomogo (1985-08-13) 13 August 1985 (age 29) 45 5 Benin Panthères
3MF Oscar Olou (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 26) 14 0 France Romorantin
3MF Bello Babatounde (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 24) 6 2 Slovakia Žilina
3MF William Dassagaté (1993-06-30) 30 June 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Benin Mogas 90
3MF Armand Aziahounkoui (1993-12-28) 28 December 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Benin JA Plateau
3MF Djiman Koukou (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 (age 23) 25 1 France Chamois Niortais
3MF Jérôme Agossa (1994-11-27) 27 November 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Mali Onze Créateurs
4FW Razak Omotoyossi (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 (age 28) 50 21 Turkey Kahramanmaraşspor
4FW Mickaël Poté (1984-09-24) 24 September 1984 (age 29) 26 4 Cyprus Omonia
4FW Abdel Fadel Suanon (1995-06-24) 24 June 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
4FW David Djigla (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 19) 2 0 France Bordeaux B
4FW Abou Maiga (1985-09-20) 20 September 1985 (age 28) 31 4 France Saint-Malo

List of Benin managers[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]