Benin head coach Dussuyer has made a bold statement that Nigeria are favorites for Qatar global showpiece

  • Benin Republic head coach Michel Dussuyer has backed Gernot Rohr’s men Nigeria (Super Eagles) to qualify for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar, alongside Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire.

The Frenchman has tipped the favorite candidates to earn a ticket to the global football showpiece in Qatar

Dussuyer, regarded as a specialist in African football having handled teams from the continent since his first stint with Guinea in 2002, reveals to Fifa the likely countries that would make it through to Qatar.

“I’d go for countries that have participated before in the World Cup like Nigeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Côte d’Ivoire, and Cameroon. Nor should we forget Algeria, who won the Africa Cup of Nations,” Dussuyer said.

“Then you have teams that could spring a surprise, such as Mali, who have made huge improvements recently and who I’d consider a dark horse in these qualifiers,” he added.

The 61-year-old who is managing the Squirrels for the second time uneventful first spell that lasted between 2008 and 2010 has opened up on his return and how his style of play paid off.

“My first stint with Benin was good on the whole. I spent two years with them and we qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations,” he continued.

“Since I returned, we’ve tried to adopt a style that suits the team. We worked together until we reached the level that took us to the quarter-finals at Egypt 2019. This didn’t happen by accident, and we played very well as a team,” he revealed.

Despite the style, the former Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire coach has admitted that Group J that includes Congo DR, Tanzania, and Madagascar is tough.

“The group is tough, as we’ll be facing three teams who appeared at the most recent African finals. Congo DR are a very strong team who came very close to qualifying for Russia 2018,” he admits.

“Madagascar were the dark horses of Egypt 2019 yet reached the quarter-finals on their tournament debut. Tanzania have also made enormous progress of late and took part in the most recent Cup of Nations,” he concluded.

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