African Cup of Nations: Mozambique vs. Benin

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Mozambique vs. Benin: The Squirrels of Benin start their quest for the African Nations Cup title when they meet fellow minnows Mozambique in a Group C match in the Angolan coastal city of Benguela. Whoever wins today (19:00 CET) could stand a chance of advancing to the knock-out stages.

In a recent interview, Benin’s French coach Michel Dussuyer said: “We will try and pull off a shock to qualify from the group, and it’s a help that the first game is against Mozambique.”

Benin is ranked 59th in the FIFA rankings but it has more technically gifted players than the Mambas, which include Metz’s Razak Omotoyossi, Nice’s Mickael Pote, and Paris Saint – Germain’s Stephane Sessegnon.

Mozambique, after failing to dislodge Nigeria in the World Cup qualifiers, got a consolation in the last group encounter when they trounced Tunisia to guarantee a spot in the ANC.

The Mambas have an excellent home record but struggle away. And their last six games in the tournament have ended in defeat.

Meanwhile Muri Ogunbiyi is a major doubt for today’s game after he suffered a thigh injury in training.

The 27-year-old Beninese skipper limped out of training on after about 20 minutes and had to be attended to by the team doctors, who bandaged an ice pack around his right thigh.

UPDATE: Benin earned their first ever point in the ANC, but were denied victory after the Mambas of Mozambique came back from 2-0 down to earn a draw.