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Benin can make history at the 2010 Nations Cup by collecting their first-ever point at the competition after two previous finals appearances have yielded six straight defeats.
Their small country size and population has made it difficult for them to be a regular contender in African competition but they have made better use of their growing contingent of foreign-based players.
Benin also hosted the 2005 African Youth Championship and their under-20 side qualified for that tournament in third place for the World Youth Championships in the Netherlands the same year.
Their first appearance came in the 2004 tournament in Tunsia, where they lost all three matches, but got a late consolation goal against Nigeria in their very last match through Moussa Latoundji to record a first finals goal.
They would have been hoping for better when they arrived in Ghana for the 2008 tournament, but unfortunately for them it was more of the same, three defeats in a row and just a single goal scored, this time through Nigerian-born striker Razak Omotoyossi against Cote d'Ivoire.
Nations Cup Record:
1972: Did not qualify
1974: Did not enter
1976: Did not enter
1978: Did not enter
1980: Did not qualify
1982: Did not enter
1984: Did not qualify
1986: Did not qualify
1988: Did not enter
1990: Did not enter
1992: Did not qualify
1994: Did not qualify
1996: Did not enter
1998: Did not qualify
2000: Did not qualify
2002: Did not qualify
2004: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
2006: Did not qualify
2008: Qualified for the finals, did not progress past the first round
P W D L F A
6 0 0 6 2-15
|2010 AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS TEAM RECORD|
|LAST 10 HOME:||5||1||1||3||3||4||-1||0||0||4|
|LAST 10 AWAY:||5||2||0||3||3||6||0||0||0||6|