By James Agberebi:
Benin Republic international defender Salomon Junior has predicted a tough game for his country's home-based team in their clash against a star-studded home-based Super Eagles side in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The home-based Super Eagles will be guests to Benin Republic in the first leg of the 2018 CHAN qualifiers in August 13 in Cotonou, before coming for the reverse fixture on August 19 in Kano.
Benin knocked out Togo 7-6 on penalties in their first round qualifier in Cotonou.
Junior, who plays for Nigeria Professional Football League table toppers Plateau United, stated that his compatriots must work extra hard to overcome the home-based Eagles.
"The Nigerian league is a great championship with a lot of quality players," Junior told Benin Republic Football Federation official website.
"The level is high. Currently Nigeria is in camp with 30 good players like Rabiu Ali of Kano pillars, Stephen Odey of MFM, Alhassan Ibrahim of Akwa United and many others.
"For my young local brothers, I will say that Nigeria has a good team with experienced players."
The defender who was the Benin Republic team that lost 1-0 to the Super Eagles in the group stage of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola added: "They (Benin Republic team) must work hard and hopefully Benin will qualify. So preparation must start now because it will be a great match."