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Nigeria Vs Republic of Benin Squirrels arrive Kano ahead of 2018 CHAN qualifiers

With a 1-0 advantage, the Republic of Benin squad arrived Nigeria on Thursday ahead of the clash on Saturday.

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Republic of Benin Vs Nigeria play Nigeria Vs Republic of Benin (Twitter/Super Eagles)

The Squirrels of Benin have arrived Kano ahead of their 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday, August 19.

With a 1-0 advantage, the Republic of Benin squad arrived Nigeria on Thursday, August 17 ahead of the clash on Saturday.

Pulse Sports learnt that the 35-man delegation turned down the arrangements made by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Kano State Government.

Super Eagles Team B play Super Eagles Team before the first leg in Cotonou (just for illustrative purpose) (Twitter/Adepoju Tobi Samuel‏ )

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As stipulated by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), home federations are supposed to make all necessary arrangements including logistics and accommodation for the away team.

The Republic of Benin have however made their own arrangement, choosing to stay Grand Central hotel Kano.

The Squirrels got a 1-0 win in the first leg through a penalty in the 90th minute which was converted by Mama Seibou.

Amaju Pinnick and Shehu Dikko play Pinnick watched the first leg live was not happy with the officiating (Twitter/Adepoju Tobi Samuel‏)

 

All eyes will be on the referee in charge of the game following complains from the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick.

Pinnick watched the first leg live was not happy with the officiating of Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal who handled the game.

I can say emphatically that the officiating was very poor and the turf too affected our game but we will be able to overcome those two challenges in the next game and qualify,” Pinnick told Complete Sports.

The officiating was very poor and I have notified the authorities concerning it.”

The second leg will be played at the Sani Abacha Stadium Kano at 4 pm local time.

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