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 Oumar Tchomogo (caretaker)
Captain Stéphane Sessègnon
Top scorer Razak Omotoyossi (21)
Home stadium Stade de l'Amitié
FIFA code BEN
FIFA ranking 110 Decrease 16 (4 June 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 59 (November 2009, April 2010)
Lowest FIFA ranking 165 (July 1996)
Elo ranking 113
Highest Elo ranking 93 (Nov 2009 - 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, 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 Cups2004, 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]

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
Equatorial Guinea 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]

The following players were called up to the squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Mali in September 2015.[2]
Caps and goals as of 13 November 2014, after the match against Morocco.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Saturnin Allagbé (1993-11-22) 22 November 1993 (age 21) 8 0 France Niort
1GK Fabien Farnolle (1984-09-21) 21 September 1984 (age 30) 8 0 France Le Havre
1GK Steve Glodjinon (1993-12-18) 18 December 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Benin Energie FC
2DF Khaled Adénon (1985-07-28) 28 July 1985 (age 30) 43 1 France Amiens SC
2DF David Kiki (1993-11-25) 25 November 1993 (age 21) 1 0 France Niort
2DF Antonin Kassa (1993-10-25) 25 October 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Benin Energie FC
2DF Éric Tossavi (1992-05-24) 24 May 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Benin Avrankou Omnisport
2DF Junior Salomon (1986-04-08) 8 April 1986 (age 29) 11 0 Nigeria Bayelsa United
2DF Lazadi Fousséni (1993-06-30) 30 June 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Nigeria Bayelsa United
3MF Stéphane Sessègnon (captain) (1984-06-01) 1 June 1984 (age 31) 54 13 England West Bromwich Albion
3MF Chamsdine Chaona 0 0 Nigeria Sunshine Stars FC
3MF Djiman Koukou (1990-11-14) 14 November 1990 (age 24) 24 1 France Niort
3MF Séïbou Mama (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 19) 6 0 Benin ASPAC
3MF Sessi D'Almeida (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 19) 0 0 France PSG
3MF Jordan Adéoti (1989-03-12) 12 March 1989 (age 26) 9 0 France Caen
3MF Arsène Loko Ivory Coast Africa Sports
3MF Bello Babatounde (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 25) 6 2 Czech Republic Frýdek-Místek
3MF David Djigla (1995-08-23) 23 August 1995 (age 20) 5 1 France Niort
4FW Mickaël Poté (1984-09-24) 24 September 1984 (age 30) 28 4 Turkey Adana Demirspor
4FW Rudy Gestede (1988-10-10) 10 October 1988 (age 26) 6 3 England Aston Villa
4FW Frédéric Gounongbé (1988-05-01) 1 May 1988 (age 27) 2 1 Belgium Westerlo
4FW Abdel Fadel Suanon (1995-06-24) 24 June 1995 (age 20) 4 1 Saudi Arabia Dhamak
4FW Steve Mounié (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 20) 0 0 France Montpellier

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
DF Réda Johnson (1988-03-21) 21 March 1988 (age 27) 11 0 England Coventry City v.  Morocco, 14 November 2014
DF Séïdou Barazé (1990-10-20) 20 October 1990 (age 24) 9 0 Morocco Kawkab Marrakech v.  Morocco, 14 November 2014
DF Emmanuel Imorou (1988-09-16) 16 September 1988 (age 26) 9 0 France Caen v.  Morocco, 14 November 2014
DF Badarou Nafiou (1991-07-18) 18 July 1991 (age 24) 6 0 Algeria ASO Chlef v.  Morocco, 14 November 2014
DF Fortuné Oré (1997-10-26) 26 October 1997 (age 17) 6 0 Benin USS Kraké v.  Morocco, 14 November 2014
DF Jean Ogouchi (1996-11-23) 23 November 1996 (age 18) 6 0 Gabon Cercle Mbéri Sportif v.  Morocco, 14 November 2014
DF Didier Sossa (1993-11-13) 13 November 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Benin USS Kraké v.  Tanzania, 12 October 2014
MF Jonathan Tinhan (1989-06-01) 1 June 1989 (age 26) 0 0 France Red Star v.  Morocco, 14 November 2014
MF Jodel Dossou (1992-03-17) 17 March 1992 (age 23) 7 0 Unattached v.  Tanzania, 12 October 2014
FW Razak Omotoyossi (1985-10-08) 8 October 1985 (age 29) 51 21 Morocco Olympic Safi v.  Morocco, 14 November 2014
FW Friday Martins (1990-02-03) 3 February 1990 (age 25) 1 0 Morocco Chabab Houara v.  Morocco, 14 November 2014
FW Mohamed Aoudou (1989-11-30) 30 November 1989 (age 25) 15 2 Algeria JS Saoura v.  Tanzania, 12 October 2014
FW Adjai Moussa-Ajayi Musa (1993-12-21) 21 December 1993 (age 21) 2 1 Benin Buffles FC v.  Tanzania, 12 October 2014

List of Benin managers[edit]

References[edit]