Super Eagles Seek Redemption in AFCON Qualifiers: Nigeria Faces Benin Republic and Rwanda in Group D

The Super Eagles, still smarting from their loss in Abidjan last month, now have an early chance to avenge their defeat when they face Benin Republic in the AFCON qualifiers, set to commence in two months' time

In a dramatic draw ceremony held at the SuperSport studio in Johannesburg, South Africa, the path to the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has been set for the continent’s football powerhouses.

The Nigerian national football team, famously known as the Super Eagles, finds themselves in Group D alongside familiar foes and new challenges.

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Headlining their group are the Cheetahs of Benin Republic, marking a significant rematch opportunity after their recent FIFA World Cup qualifying defeat.

The Super Eagles, still smarting from their loss in Abidjan last month, now have an early chance to avenge their defeat when they face Benin Republic in the AFCON qualifiers, set to commence in two months’ time.

Joining Nigeria and Benin Republic in Group D are the Amavubi of Rwanda and the Mediterranean Knights of Libya, ensuring a competitive landscape where every match will be crucial in securing a spot among the 24 participating nations in the 35th Africa Cup of Nations.

The tournament is scheduled to take place in Morocco from 21st December 2025 to 18th January 2026. The draw not only sets the stage for redemption for the Super Eagles but also presents strategic challenges as they navigate their qualifying campaign.

With the FIFA World Cup qualifying reverse fixture against Benin Republic looming on the final day of the qualification series in October 2025, Nigeria must maintain focus throughout the earlier battles in the AFCON qualifiers.

The qualifying series, spread over FIFA windows in September, October, and November, will see each team in Group D play two matches within each seven-day window.

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This compact schedule underscores the intensity and importance of preparation for the Super Eagles, who aim to consolidate their position as a powerhouse in African football.

Across the continent, other groups promise equally thrilling matchups. Group A features Tunisia, Madagascar, Comoros, and The Gambia, while Group B includes Morocco, Gabon, Central African Republic, and Lesotho.

Egypt, Cape Verde, Mauritania, and Botswana make up Group C, highlighting the diversity and competitive spirit of African football.

For Nigeria, the journey begins with renewed determination and a clear mission: to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations and lay the groundwork for a successful FIFA World Cup campaign.

With seasoned veterans and emerging talents in their squad, the Super Eagles under coach [insert coach’s name] are poised to navigate the challenges ahead and reclaim their dominance on the African stage.

As the countdown to kick-off begins, football fans across Nigeria and beyond await with bated breath to see if the Super Eagles can rise to the occasion and secure their place in the prestigious Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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