Memories are bound to come alive about the days of Razak Omotoyossi and Moussa Latounji in Benin Republic’s national team, as The Squirrels will this month again roll out Nigerian-born defender, Jordan Adeoti.
Footballlive.ng learnt that Adeoti, who originally hails from Benin’s east neighbours, Nigeria, is still relevant at an advanced age, as their French coach, Michel Dussuyer has gone back to his country to include the AJ Auxerre hard-tackling central defender in his squad.
Adeoti is making waves at the team that gave former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West his breakthrough in Europe and all expectations are high that his invitation to the Beninnoise team will boost his career.
He will now join Dussuyer’s team alongside four uncapped players in a 23-man roster for their decisive 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at home in Cotonou on March 22, against their western neighbours, Togo.
Born in France, 29-year-old Adéoti has played for Colomiers, Laval and Caen, where he spent three seasons, before moving on a free transfer to Auxerre in June 2017, and made his international debut in 2012.
Joining Adeoti are former France youth international Yannick Aguémon, midfielder Rodrigue Kossi, locally-based Cherif Dine Kakpo and Patrick Sèdjamè, but Stéphane Sessegnon, Sessi D’Almeida and Mickaël Poté are all suspended for the last Group D encounter.
Huddersfield forward Steve Mounié is included and Adeoti leads a cast of nine France-based players named by Dussuyer, whose side held Togo to a goalless draw in the reverse fixture back in September.
For this month’s game, they need a draw to book their place at Egypt 2019, while the visitors know that only victory will help them achieve qualification for a ninth appearance in the tournament.
Dussuyer’s wards must also note that, while group leaders Algeria have already qualified, their opponents, Gambia still have hopes of qualifying.