Published March 5, 2021
Captain Stéphane Sessègnon has been dropped by the Benin Republic Football Federation ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Nigeria on March 27 .
The country ’ s FA announced a 23 -man squad list for their upcoming 2021 AFCON qualifiers with Sessègnon , who has been without a club since August 2020 , omitted .
The Squirrels host the Super Eagles at the Stade Charles de Gaulle, Porto -Novo, Benin .
The midfielder was part of coach Michel Dussuyer ’s squad that lost 2 -1 to the Eagles in the first fixture of the AFCON qualifiers at The Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on November 11 , 2019 .
He scored the opener off a well -taken freekick ’ before the Eagles staged a comeback win, with goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu sealing the hard -earned victory .
According to the list , three goalkeepers , eight defenders, seven midfielders and five forwards have all been invited for the must -win clash against the three -time African champions .
There is a first -time call -up for Paris Saint -Germain right – back Colin Dagba , whose availability depends on the player ’ s decision to accept the invitation.
The 22 -year – old , who was born in Béthune , France , is a member of the current France U -21 side and last featured for the French in a 3 – 1 win over Switzerland in an U -21 Euro qualifier last November .
Steve Mounié , who plays as a striker for French Ligue 1 club Brest and Melbourne Victory striker, Rudy Gestede, are some of the top names in the list released by Dussuyer .
The referee for the game is Moroccan Jiyed Redouane and he will be assisted by three of his compatriots : Azgaou Lahsen ( 1 st assistant ) , Akarkad Mostafa ( 2 nd assistant) and Guezzaz Samir ( 4 th referee ) .
Burkinabé David Yaméogo is the match commissioner .
Nigeria currently top Group L with eight points after four round of matches , with Benin second with seven points .
Goalkeepers : Saturnin Allagbé ( Dijon , France ) , Hariston Hessou ( Bahir Dar , Ethopia ) , Marcel Dandjinou ( JDR Stars , S ’ Africa)
Defenders : Khaled Adénon ( US Avranches , France ) , Youssouf Assogba ( Amiens , France ) , Cédric Hountondji ( Clermont Foot , France ) , David Kiki ( PFC Montana , Bulgaria ) , Olivier Verdon ( Ludogorets , Bulgaria) , Emmanuel Imorou ( Evian , France ) , Nabyl Yarou ( Enyimba) , Collins Dagba ( PSG , France ) .
Midfielders : Sessi d ‘ Almeida ( Valenciennes , France ) , Jérôme Bonou ( Djoliba , Mali ) , Jordan Adéoti ( Annecy , France ) , Rodrigue Cossi ( Club Africain , Tunisia ) , Anaane Tidjani ( Menemen Spor , Turkey ) , Cébio Soukou ( Arminia Bielefeld , Germany ) , Jodel Dossou ( Clermont Foot , France )
Forwards : Mickael Pote ( Bandirmaspor , Turkey ) , Marcellin Koukpo ( CR Belouizdad , Algeria) , Jacques Bessan ( Olympique Beja , Tunisia ) , Rudy Gestede ( Melbourne , Australia ) , Steve Mounié ( Brest , France )