West African derby day this Saturday, June 4, 2022 between Senegal and Benin in Dakar. An important match, entering as part of the first day of the CAN 2023 qualifiers in group L. Khaled Adenon and the Squirrels are eager to face the reigning African champions.
A pleasure to play Senegal
For its entry into the running, Benin must challenge the great team of Senegal. With their status as reigning African champions, the Lions of Teranga are proving to be a good challenge for the Squirrels of Benin. In a pre-match press conference this Friday, Khaled Adenon did not hide his pleasure in playing a world-class team.
“We play a great footballing nation, which is currently the African champion. It’s good for us to face this team, to face these kinds of players who are world-class players. It’s going to be a good match because it’s a pleasure to play against the big players,” said the captain of the Beninese team.
“We will do everything to get there”
Absent from CAN 20221, the Squirrels still have a bitter taste from this setback. The goal now for Moussa Latoundji’s men is to give everything to be there for Côte d’Ivoire 2023. “After the AFCON, we didn’t qualify. We just missed it, it hurt us very badly because as an African player, playing an African competition like the AFCON is a pleasure for any African player. There, there is a qualification for the CAN in Côte d’Ivoire 2023 ”, reacted Adenon.
“We will do everything to get there, even if we know that it is a very complicated group, but our objective is to finish first or second. No matter the position, but to finish in the first two to be able to participate in this CAN which is very important for the people of Benin. We will do everything, we will put all the means on our side to be able to participate in this CAN which is in Côte d’Ivoire, « he continued.
Can’t wait to play Senegal
For their first outing, the Squirrels will face Sadio Mané’s Senegal for a major challenge. Far from dulling their enthusiasm, they are rather more than motivated to face the African champion. « Regarding the players, morale is very high, everyone is doing well, everyone is in good health, we can’t wait to play this match against Senegal », concluded the captain of the Squirrels, Khaled Adenon, before starting. face the Teranga Lions tonight at 7 p.m. GMT.
Beaten in 2019 at CAN 2019, Benin has revenge to take, and above all a story to write. The Squirrels have never beaten the Teranga Lions. A Beninese victory this Saturday evening would then be historic.