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AFCON 2025 Qualifiers: Super Eagles have Rohr to contend with

The draw for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers was a highly anticipated event that took place in Johannesburg, setting the stage for an exciting tournament ahead. Nigeria's Super Eagles, a team with a rich footballing history, were drawn against Benin, a match-up that carries extra significance as Benin is led by their former coach, Gernot Rohr. This adds an intriguing narrative to the encounter, especially considering Benin's recent victory over the Super Eagles in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The 2025 AFCON will see 24 teams competing in Morocco from 21 December 2025 to 18 January 2026, with Nigeria placed in Group D alongside Libya, Benin, and Rwanda. The absence of a manager for the Super Eagles following Finidi George's resignation has added an element of uncertainty, with the Nigeria Football Federation actively seeking an expatriate to lead the team through both the AFCON qualifiers and the 2026 World Cup campaign.

Defending champions Cote d’Ivoire find themselves in a challenging Group G alongside Zambia, Sierra Leone, and Chad, setting the stage for some exciting matches. With the AFCON qualifiers set to kick off in September 2024, teams from across the continent are gearing up for intense competition to secure a coveted spot in the tournament alongside the host nation.

The group stage draw has resulted in intriguing match-ups across the board, such as Tunisia facing off against Madagascar, Comoros, and Gambia in Group A, and Morocco competing against Gabon, Central African Republic, and Lesotho in Group B. Each group presents its own set of challenges and opportunities for the participating teams, adding to the overall excitement and anticipation surrounding the upcoming AFCON tournament.

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