Coaches of Super Eagles’ Group Opponents React to AFCON 2025 Draw


Coaches of Benin Republic and Rwanda, drawn alongside Nigeria in the AFCON 2025 qualifying series, have shared their thoughts on the upcoming matches.


Benin Republic’s head coach, Gernot Rohr, remains optimistic following the Squirrels’ recent 2-1 victory over Nigeria in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Rohr, who previously managed the Super Eagles for six years, believes his team can replicate their success.

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“It’s a tough draw with Nigeria again, and we also face Rwanda, whom we know well and respect,” Rohr stated on the Benin Football Federation’s official website. “Libya also poses a challenge, especially away from home.”

Meanwhile, Rwanda’s head coach, Torsten Frank Spitller, expressed mixed feelings about being grouped with Nigeria and Benin.

“It’s somewhat unfortunate to meet Nigeria and Benin again after our encounters in the World Cup qualifiers,” Spitller commented on the Rwanda Football Federation’s official website. “However, this is the draw we have, and we will prepare accordingly.”

The AFCON 2025 qualifiers are set to commence in September.