Ogunbiyi in race to be fit


BENGUELA, January 12 – Benin midfielder Muri Ogunbiyi is a major doubt for their opening Africa Cup of Nations Group C clash here on Tuesday against Mozambique after he suffered a thigh strain in training.The Nigerian-born midfielder – who plays for French side Guingamp – limped out of training on Monday at the Ombaka Stadium in Benguela after about 20 minutes and had to be attended to by the team doctors, who bandaged an ice pack around his right thigh.

No Benin official was willing to comment on Ogunbiyi’s injury.

In the meantime, Mozambique, had to cut short their training on Monday night in Benguela after a power surge at the new Ombaka Stadium.

The Mambas were on the pitch for a few minutes when the power supply at the Ombaka Stadium was interrupted. They waited for power to be restored and after about 20 minutes they retired to their hotel a few kilometres outside Benguela.

Both Benin and Mozambique are bidding to record their first ever victory in the tournament’s history.