AFCON 2019: FIFA threatens Benin with exclusion

Benin will be excluded from 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers if its federation does not pay their former coach Didier Olle-Nicolle.

According to L’Equipe,FIFA has given the Benin Football Federation (FBF) 30 days to pay its former coach remaining balance of €153,000 that it ruled the football body to pay last year.

And for the delay FBF has now been fined 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,491) by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee or face being excluded from FIFA competition.

Appointed coach of the Squirrels in March 2014, Olle-Nicolle’s contract was terminated in November 2014, ostensibly for poor performance.

His immediate task was to guide Benin through the first and second knockout rounds of qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

But Malawi stunned the Squirrels on penalties in the second knockout rounds to reach the group stages of qualification.

Benin are co-leaders of African Nations Cup qualification Group D after their opening match, but could be thrown out of the competition if they fail to meet the deadline.

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