June 18, 2019 / 2:03 AM / 3 months ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Profile on Benin team for 2019 African Cup of Nations

June 18 (Reuters) - Factbox on African Cup of Nations qualifiers Benin.

African Cup of Nations record:

Previous appearances in finals: (3) 2004, 2008, 2010

Best performance: Group phase

Drawn in Group F with Cameroon, Ghana and Guinea Bissau

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Coach: Michel Dussuyer

The 60-year-old is a Cup of Nations veteran having taken Guinea to the quarter-finals in 2004, then worked as deputy to fellow Frenchman Henri Michel when the Ivory Coast were runners-up in Egypt in 2006. In 2010 he coached Benin at the tournament in Angola.

He was back with Guinea in 2012, when they did not get out of the group stage, and again in 2015, when they got to the quarter-finals.

At the last edition in Gabon in 2017, he was in charge of the Ivory Coast, who flopped in the first round, precipitating his resignation.

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Key player: Steve Mounie Age: 24. Forward.

Born in Benin but brought up in Montpellier, he made his debut for the French side in 2014 but only became a regular after showing his scoring ability in the 2015-16 season on loan at Nimes.

When Huddersfield Town were to the English Premier League in 2017 they paid a club record 13 millon euros for him and he scored twice on his debut.

But he managed only two goals this season as the club finished bottom and were relegated back to the Championship.

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FIFA world ranking June 2019: 88

How they qualified: Second placed team in Group D, behind Algeria but ahead of the Gambia and Togo

Squad

Goalkeepers: Saturnin Allagbe (Niort), Fabien Farnolle (Yeni Malatyaspor), Cherif Dine Kakpo (Buffles)

Defenders: Khaled Adenon (Amiens), Moise Adilehou (Levadiakos), Seidou Barazé (Moulins Yzeure), Rodrigue Fassinou (Aspac), Emmanuel Imorou (Caen), David Kiki (Red Star), Junior Salomon (Plateau United), Olivier Verdon (Sochaux)

Midfielders: Jordan Adeoti (Auxerre), Sessi d’Almeida (Yeovil Town), Tidjani Anaane (Ben Guerdane), Rodrigue Kossi (Club Africain), Mama Seibou (Toulon), Stephane Sessegnon (Genclerbirligi)

Forwards: David Djigla (Niort), Jodel Dossou (FC Vaduz), Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town), Michael Pote (Adana Demirspor), Desire Segbe Azankpo (FK Senica), Cebio Soukou (Hansa Rostock). (Compiled by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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