Finidi Benches Boniface Again [Full Starting Lineup]

Finidi Benches Boniface Again [Full Starting Lineup]

Super Eagles head coach, Finidi George has announced his starting lineup for the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against the Benin Republic without Bayer Leverkusen striker, Victor Boniface.

Finidi George who led the Super Eagles to draw 1-1 with South Africa on Friday, June 7, benched Bayer Leverkusen’s 2023-2024 highest goalscorer Boniface for the second time in a row despite being criticized by Nigerians for benching the 23-year-old striker against Bafana Bafana. 

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

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