The Nigerian team were beaten 1-0 by their Beninoise counterparts in a CHAN qualifier on Sunday.
An Afeez Aremu fould in the 89th minute of play ensured Benin Republic earned a late penalty which they converted to beat Nigeria 1-0 in the first leg, CHAN qualifier decided in Cotonou on Sunday evening.
The Beninoise began the game stronger, as they pressed the their Nigerian counterparts, who looked content to absorb the pressure in the early stages of the game. But despite their early domination, they hardly created any real chances to hurt the Super Eagles.
And as the first half progressed, the Nigerian side began to come out of their shell with Akwa United midfielder Ifeanyi Ifeanyi keeping things tidy in the midfield but in the end, nothing came out of the half as both sides went into the break on level terms.
But the start to the second half was different to the first, as the Nigerians showed more desire, with Kingsley Eduwo testing the Beninoise goalkeeper and generally troubled the Benin defence.
But the turning point of the game came in the 89th minute, when Aremu tried to dilly-dally his way out of the box but lost possession and in his bid to regain the ball, brought down a Benin player with the referee wasting no time in pointing to the spot.
The Francophone country didn’t have any trouble beating Ikechukwu Ezenwa from the spot, to earn a 1-0 advantage going into the second leg, which comes up next weekend in Kano.