Benin national football team

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Benin
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Écureuils
(The Squirrels)
Association Fédération Béninoise de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Oumar Tchomogo
Captain Stéphane Sessègnon
Top scorer Razak Omotoyossi (21)
Home stadium Stade de l'Amitié
FIFA code BEN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 68 Increase 7 (14 July 2016)
Highest 59 (November 2009, April 2010)
Lowest 165 (July 1996)
Elo ranking
Current 113
Highest 93 (Nov 2009 – Jan 2010)
Lowest 165 (1995-96)
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
Appearances 3 (First in 2004)
Best result Round 1
Website http://www.febefoot.com/

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 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.[1] On May 9, 2016, Benin was suspended from FIFA.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

  • 1930 to 1970 – Did not enter
  • 1974 – Did not qualify
  • 1978 to 1982 – Did not enter
  • 1986 – Did not qualify
  • 1990 – Did not enter
  • 1994 – Did not qualify
  • 1998 – Did not enter
  • 2002 to 2018 – Did not qualify

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 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
12 October 2014 Tanzania Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania Tanzania 1–4 Friendly match
13 November 2014 Morocco Agadir Morocco Morocco 1–6 Friendly match
14 June 2015 Equatorial Guinea Bata Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 1–1 2017 AFCON qualification
6 September 2015 Benin Cotonou Mali Mali 1–1 2017 AFCON qualification

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Niger on 29 May and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game against Equatorial Guinea on 5 June 2016.[2]
Caps and goals updated as of 27 March 2016 after the game against South Sudan.[3]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Fabien Farnolle (1984-09-21) 21 September 1984 (age 31) 13 0 France Le Havre
1GK Saturnin Allagbé (1993-11-22) 22 November 1993 (age 22) 10 0 France Niort
1GK Christophe Aifimi (1989-08-21) 21 August 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Ivory Coast AS Tanda

2DF Khaled Adénon (1985-07-28) 28 July 1985 (age 30) 47 1 France Amiens
2DF Junior Salomon (1986-04-08) 8 April 1986 (age 30) 15 0 Nigeria Plateau United
2DF Jordan Adéoti (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 27) 13 1 France Caen
2DF Nana Nafihou (1988-01-30) 30 January 1988 (age 28) 9 0 Morocco MC Oujda
2DF David Kiki (1993-11-25) 25 November 1993 (age 22) 7 0 France Niort
2DF Paterne Counou (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Nigeria Akwa United
2DF Appollinaire Danvidé 0 0 Niger AS Douanes

3MF Stéphane Sessègnon (1984-06-01) 1 June 1984 (age 32) 61 17 England West Bromwich Albion
3MF Djiman Koukou (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 (age 25) 31 1 France Niort
3MF Babatounde Bello (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 26) 12 2 Slovakia Spartak Trnava
3MF Jodel Dossou (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 24) 12 1 Austria Austria Lustenau
3MF David Djigla (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 20) 9 1 France Niort

4FW Mickaël Poté (1984-09-24) 24 September 1984 (age 31) 34 5 Turkey Adana Demirspor
4FW Rudy Gestede (1988-10-10) 10 October 1988 (age 27) 9 3 England Aston Villa
4FW Abdel Fadel Suanon (1995-06-24) 24 June 1995 (age 21) 9 1 Saudi Arabia Damac
4FW Frédéric Gounongbé (1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 (age 28) 6 2 Belgium Westerlo
4FW Jacques Bessan (1993-09-15) 15 September 1993 (age 22) 5 1 Tunisia EGS Gafsa
4FW Steve Mounié (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 21) 3 1 France Nîmes

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Benin squad within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Steve Glodjinon (1993-12-18) 18 December 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Benin Energie FC v.  Mali, 6 September 2015

DF Séïdou Barazé (1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 25) 12 0 Kuwait Al-Fahaheel v.  Burkina Faso, 17 November 2015
DF Emmanuel Imorou (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 27) 10 0 France Caen v.  Burkina Faso, 17 November 2015
DF Lazadi Fousséni (1991-11-30) 30 November 1991 (age 24) 6 0 Nigeria Bayelsa United v.  Burkina Faso, 17 November 2015
DF Éric Tossavi (1992-05-24) 24 May 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Benin Avrankou v.  Burkina Faso, 17 November 2015
DF Antonin Kassa (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Benin Energie FC v.  Mali, 6 September 2015
DF Réda Johnson (1988-03-21) 21 March 1988 (age 28) 11 0 England Coventry City v.  Equatorial Guinea, 14 June 2015
DF Nabil Yarou (1993-06-16) 16 June 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Benin ASPAC v.  Equatorial Guinea, 14 June 2015

MF Chamseddine Chaona 0 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis v.  South Sudan, 27 March 2016
MF Sessi D'Almeida (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 20) 2 0 France Paris Saint-Germain v.  South Sudan, 23 March 2016 DEC
MF Mama Séïbou (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 20) 9 0 Benin ASPAC v.  Burkina Faso, 17 November 2015
MF Arsène Loko 0 0 Ivory Coast Africa Sports v.  Burkina Faso, 17 November 2015
MF Mouritala Ogunbiyi (1982-10-10) 10 October 1982 (age 33) 42 6 Free agent v.  Equatorial Guinea, 14 June 2015
MF Azime Gounou 0 0 Benin Mogas v.  Equatorial Guinea, 14 June 2015

FW Razak Omotoyossi (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 (age 30) 52 21 Saudi Arabia Al-Nahda v.  South Sudan, 27 March 2016
FW Mohamed Aoudou (1989-11-30) 30 November 1989 (age 26) 15 2 Algeria CR Belouizdad v.  Congo, 13 October 2015
FW Daniel Lanignan (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 22) 3 0 Benin Dragons de l'Ouémé v.  Equatorial Guinea, 14 June 2015
Notes

DEC Player declined the call-up to the squad
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.

List of Benin managers[edit]

References[edit]