Akas in the colours of the National team

Nigeria’s home-based Eagles see the Squirrels of Benin as a tough opposition and will not underrate the side following the team’s qualification for the final round of the African Nations Championship qualifiers at the expense of the Sparrow Hawks of Togo.

This was the assertion made by the team’s media officer Toyin Ibitoye after it emerged the Eagles will play neighbours, Benin for a place at next year’s tournament billed to be staged in the East African country of Kenya.

“We congratulate Benin for their qualification and we know what to expect from them. It’s going to be a tough one, especially because we are neighbours, so we would prepare earnestly to battle them and also qualify for CHAN. We can’t let Nigerians down,” Ibitoye told

Oumar Tchomogo,  who is coach of the Beninoise side, saw his team qualify for the last round after The second leg at the Stade de l’Amitie ended 1-1, bringing aggregate scores to 2-2 (first leg in Lome ended 1-1).

Benin however triumphed 7-6 in the penalty shootout to set up the tie with the home-based Eagles.

The first leg between the home-based Eagles and Benin comes up on August 13, 2017 in Cotonou.

The return leg will then be played on, second leg- August 19, 2017 in Kano at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.