Like other Beninese internationals, Rodrigue Kossi and Junior Olaitan will also be in Maputo this weekend for the match on the sixth day of the CAN 2023 qualifiers against Mozambique. A few days before this decisive shock, the two Cheetahs spoke to the press.
The Benin Cheetahs will be this Saturday in Maputo, Mozambique. A perilous trip for the foals of Gernot Rorh who will face the Mambas in a duel counting for the sixth day of the CAN 2023 qualifiers. Third in the standings of group L, the Beninese must imperatively snatch the three points of victory against the Mozambican opponent to validate their visas for the trip to Ivory Coast, host of this 34th edition of the African Cup which will take place from January 13 to February 11, 2024.
Already in Cotonou, the Beninese ambassadors are actively preparing for this shock meeting. The group carried out its second training session on Tuesday at the General Mathieu Kérékou stadium. Also there, Junior Olaitan spoke to the press at the end of the work. And the young player is determined to secure qualification with his team.
“We know that it is a very important match for the Beninese people and also for us. We are here and we have been working since Monday. We are all motivated and aware that this is our last chance to qualify for CAN 2023. I can’t promise anything at the moment, but we put everything in God’s hands. We will do our job, and the Beninese people must also participate by supporting us until the end. I believe we can do it: qualify. I always work hard. I give the best of myself for the coach who trusts me and for myself. I know I haven’t reached my full potential yet, so I’m working hard. The best is yet to come“, he declared in comments collected by Ange MANDJE.
His compatriot Rodrigue Kossi is also eager to give back to the Mozambicans, winners of the Beninese (1-0) on the second day. “ My impressions are good after the first two training sessions because I find that the whole group is motivated. I think we are all focused on the match against Mozambique next Saturday. I already feel that things will go well if we continue like this“, he confided.
And to invite the Beninese sports public to remain united behind their national eleven for an overwhelming victory on the evening of September 9: “ Yes, the Beninese people have the right to hope for this qualification, and once again, we need their support. He has to believe in us and support us until the end, and I think everything will be fine. » As a reminder, the match is scheduled for September 9, 2023 at the Estadio Nacional do Zimpeto in Maputo at 3 p.m. GMT.