Benin Republic Vs Super Eagles: Finidi Benches Boniface Again [See Full Lineup]

Super Eagles head coach, Finidi George, has announced his starting lineup for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against the Benin Republic, once again leaving out Bayer Leverkusen striker, Victor Boniface.

This decision comes despite previous criticism from Nigerian fans for benching the 23-year-old striker during the 1-1 draw against South Africa on June 7.

Boniface, who was Bayer Leverkusen’s highest goalscorer for the 2023-2024 season, has now been left out of the starting eleven for the second consecutive match.

The decision to bench Boniface, especially given his impressive form in the club season, has sparked considerable debate among fans and analysts alike.

Many had expected Boniface to feature prominently in the crucial World Cup qualifiers, considering his goal-scoring prowess and current form.

Meanwhile, Coach Finidi George has brought in Brentford midfielder, Frank Onyeka into the midfield after leaving the aggressive midfielder out of the starting lineup on Friday.

Samuel Chukwueze who was a second-half substitute against South Africa has joined the attack which will be led by OGC Nice striker, Terem Moffi and supported by Ademola Lookman.

The Super Eagles’ defence will be mounted by Bright Osayi-Samuel, Semi Ajayi, Benjamin Tanimu and Calvin Bassey.

Fisayo Dele-Bashiru who scored the equaliser for the Super Eagles on Friday has been benched for today’s game. Onyeka and the team’s captain Wilfred Ndidi, alongside Alex Iwobi, will mount the midfield.

Below is the Super Eagles starting lineup against the Benin Republic:

Stanley Nwabali


Calvin Bassey
Semi Ajayi
Benjamin Taminu
Bright Osayi


Wilfred Ndidi
Frank Onyeka
Alex Iwobi


Ademola Lookman
Terem Moffi
Samuel Chukwueze