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Rohr targets World Cup qualification with Benin

Rohr targets World Cup qualification with Benin

Ex-Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, has set his sights on replicating his success with Nigeria by guiding the Cheetahs to the 2026 FIFA World Cup in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

The Franco-German tactician orchestrated a historic moment for Benin. Their recent 2-1 victory over Nigeria, their first ever at senior level, came in a crucial World Cup qualifier on Monday in Abidjan.

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This win puts Benin at the top of Group C of the CAF World Cup qualifiers, with seven points from four matches. Meanwhile, Nigeria languishes at the bottom with a string of disappointing draws.

Players of Benin Republic celebrating with Gernot Rohr (photo: Modzero)

Rohr has a proven track record. He led Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup, securing qualification with games to spare, even against strong teams like Cameroon and Algeria. Now, he hopes to work his magic again, taking the lower-ranked Benin to the World Cup, challenging established powers like Nigeria and South Africa in the process.

“When I arrived in Benin they trusted me with a 3-year contract. I said we want to go to the World Cup, I did the World Cup with Nigeria in Russia, we had a very young team, the youngest in the World Cup in fact, and I want to do it again, we have to make the players dream, we have to make the staff dream, and why not? Rohr said at the post-match press conference

“It’s true that there are favorites in our group, with South Africa and Nigeria who on paper are much better in the ranking above us, but we showed today that we could compete,” he added.

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