Africa Cup of Nations: Nigeria beat Benin after qualifying

Three-time champions Nigeria defeated Benin 1-0 after already having qualified for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Saturday due the earlier scoreless draw between Lesotho and Sierra Leone.

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Nigeria finished at the top of the Group L after their win in Porto-Novo with 11 points. Benin finished with seven points, Sierra Leone four and Lesotho three. The countries finishing first and second qualify for the 24-team tournament in Cameroon next January.

Nigeria travelled by sea to west African neighbours Benin on Friday after players raised concerns about the poor roads between the countries.

Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia and Zimbabwe have already qualified.