Benin's Stephane Sessegnon
Wednesday May 28, 2014. 14:53
Benin will be targeting a positive result at home when they host São Tomé and Príncipe for the second leg of their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary qualifier at the Stade de l'Amitié in Cotonou on Sunday
Coach Didier Olle-Nicolle’s side take a decent advantage to their home leg having won the first leg 2-0 with West Bromwich Albion midfielder Stephane Sessegnon scoring a brace.
The Squirrels last qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010 when they finished in third place in their group with one point and failed to reach the knockout stages.
São Tomé and Príncipe will need to score at least two goals to get themselves into the tie and will look to their forwards to inspire an unexpected comeback.
South they fail to make overturn the result, the Falcons and True Parrots will at least look to avoid a huge away loss, which would go a long way in demonstrating the progress they have made in recent years.
Coach Gustave Clement Nyoumba will rely mostly on locally-based players but Benin have no shortage of experience in their squad with a number of players who ply their trade in Europe.
While Sessegnon was the star of the first leg, they have another top forward in Turkish-based Razak Omotoyossi, who will be looking to increase his goals tally for the national team.