Benin head coach, Gernot Rohr, is gearing up for a fierce battle against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Rohr, who previously led the Super Eagles for five years, will now try to prevent his former team from securing a spot in the next World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by the United States of America, Mexico, and Canada.
In Group C, alongside the Super Eagles, the Benin Squirrels will also face off against South Africa, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Lesotho. It’s a challenging group for Benin, with Nigeria being the clear favorite. Rohr acknowledged the familiarity his team has with Nigeria, stating, “a team we know quite well.” However, he also recognized the strength of the other teams in the group.
South Africa, already qualified for the next Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with a new mindset, poses a tough challenge. Zimbabwe, known for their physicality, and Rwanda, a team Benin is familiar with, will also push the Squirrels to their limits. Additionally, Lesotho, a country Benin has previously faced, adds to the technical and physical challenge of the group.
The African zone of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers will take place from November 2023 to November 2025. It will be a grueling journey for all the teams involved, with intense competition and high stakes. Rohr and his Benin team are ready to face the tough test that lies ahead, as they strive to secure their place in the prestigious tournament.