Benin national football team

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Benin
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Écureuils
(The Squirrels)
AssociationBenin Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachMichel Dussuyer
CaptainStéphane Sessègnon
Most capsStéphane Sessègnon (74)
Top scorerStéphane Sessègnon (22)
Home stadiumStade de l'Amitié
FIFA codeBEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 88 Increase 3 (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest59 (November–December 2009, April 2010)
Lowest165 (July 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 102 Increase 2 (16 June 2019)[2]
Highest93 (6 January 2010)
Lowest165 (13 May 1995)
First international
 Dahomey 0–1 Nigeria 
(Dahomey; 8 November 1959)
Biggest win
 Dahomey 7–0 Mauritania 
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 27 December 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Nigeria 10–1 Dahomey 
(Nigeria; 28 November 1959)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances3 (first in 2004)
Best resultGroup stage, 2004, 2008 and 2010

The Benin national football team, nicknamed Les Écureuils (The Squirrels), is the national football team of Benin and is controlled by the Benin Football Federation. They were known as the Dahomey national football team until 1975, when Republic of Dahomey became Benin. They have never qualified for the World Cup, but have reached three recent African Nations Cups – 2004, 2008, and 2010. On 8 February 2010 after the preliminary competition from the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, the Benin Football Federation dissolved the national team, coach Henri Dussuyer and his complete staff were fired.[3] On May 9, 2016, Benin was suspended from FIFA.

History[edit]

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to Mexico 1970 Did not enter Did not enter
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 1 10
Argentina 1978 to Spain 1982 Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 6
Italy 1990 Did not enter Did not enter
United States 1994 Did not qualify 6 1 0 5 3 19
France 1998 Did not enter Did not enter
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
Germany 2006 12 2 3 7 13 26
South Africa 2010 6 3 1 2 6 6
Brazil 2014 6 2 2 2 8 9
Russia 2018 2 1 0 1 2 3
Qatar 2022 To be determined Qualification yet to start
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined Qualification yet to start
Total 0/21 39 9 7 23 34 81

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
Equatorial Guinea 2015
Gabon 2017
Egypt 2019 Qualified
Cameroon 2021 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined
Guinea 2025 To be determined
Total Group stage 4/32 9 0 1 8 4 20

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

18 June 2019 FriendlyBenin 3–1 Tunisia

2019 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Ghana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Benin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4  Guinea-Bissau 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 25 June 2019. Source: CAF

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[4]

Caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2019 after the game against Mauritania.[5]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Fabien Farnolle (1985-02-05) 5 February 1985 (age 34) 24 0 Turkey Malatyaspor
1GK Saturnin Allagbé (1993-11-22) 22 November 1993 (age 25) 14 0 France Niort
1GK Chérif Dine Kakpo (1997-12-01) 1 December 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Benin Buffles

2DF Khaled Adénon (1985-07-28) 28 July 1985 (age 33) 61 2 France Amiens
2DF Junior Salomon (1986-04-08) 8 April 1986 (age 33) 21 0 Nigeria Plateau United
2DF David Kiki (1993-11-25) 25 November 1993 (age 25) 20 0 France Red Star
2DF Séidou Barazé (1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 28) 18 0 France Yzeure
2DF Emmanuel Imorou (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 30) 13 0 France Caen
2DF Olivier Verdon (1995-10-05) 5 October 1995 (age 23) 12 0 France Sochaux-Montbéliard
2DF Rodrigue Fassinou (1999-05-22) 22 May 1999 (age 20) 11 0 Benin ASPAC
2DF Moïse Adilehou (1995-11-01) 1 November 1995 (age 23) 5 0 Greece Levadiakos

3MF Stéphane Sessègnon (Captain) (1984-06-01) 1 June 1984 (age 35) 74 22 Turkey Gençlerbirliği
3MF Mama Séïbou (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 23) 24 2 France SC Toulon
3MF Jordan Adéoti (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 30) 24 0 France Auxerre
3MF Sessi D'Almeida (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 23) 6 1 England Yeovil Town
3MF Tidjani Anaane (1997-03-27) 27 March 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Tunisia Ben Guerdane
3MF Kossi Fiogbé (2000-07-11) 11 July 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Tunisia Club Africain

4FW Mickaël Poté (1984-09-24) 24 September 1984 (age 34) 48 7 Turkey Adana Demirspor
4FW Jodel Dossou (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 27) 25 2 Liechtenstein Vaduz
4FW David Djigla (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 23) 20 4 France Niort
4FW Steve Mounié (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 24) 16 6 England Huddersfield Town
4FW Segbé Azankpo (1993-05-06) 6 May 1993 (age 26) 6 0 Slovakia FK Senica
4FW Cebio Soukou (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 26) 2 0 Germany Hansa

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Benin in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Chams Deen Chaona (1996-10-24) 24 October 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Lebanon Nejmeh SC v.  Gambia, 17 November 2018

MF Patrick Sèdjamè 0 0 Benin Buffles v.  Togo, 24 March 2019
MF Djiman Koukou (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 (age 28) 41 1 France Lens v.  Gambia, 17 November 2018
MF Jean Marie Guéra (1996-12-22) 22 December 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Nigeria Enyimba v.  Gambia, 17 November 2018

FW Yannick Aguemon (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Belgium OH Leuven v.  Togo, 24 March 2019
FW Jacques Bessan (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 25) 9 1 Tunisia Stade Tunisien v.  Togo, 24 March 2019
FW Marcellin Koukpo (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 24) 12 2 Tunisia Hammam Lif v.  Gambia, 17 November 2018

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

Records[edit]

As of 19 June 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Benin.

List of Benin managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 16 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  3. ^ Benin löst Nationalelf auf
  4. ^ http://www.beninfootball.com/can-2019-liste-officielle-des-23-ecureuils-du-benin
  5. ^ "Benin team of 2019". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams.
  6. ^ a b Mamrud, Roberto. "Benin – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 November 2017.


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