The Super Eagles B Team lost 1-0 to Benin Republic in the first leg, CHAN qualifier played in Cotonou on Sunday.

A late penalty awarded to the hosts helped them secure the slim win in the fiercely contested qualifying match.

It was already looking like the game will end in a stalemate but there was a turning point when a foul was committed in the 89th minute.

Afeez Aremu lost possession and in his bid to regain the ball, he brought down a Benin player which resulted in a penalty.

Benin Republic made the most of the late chance as CHAN Eagles skipper Ikechukwu Ezenwa was well beaten from the spot and the game ended 1-0 in favour of the Francophone country.

The CHAN Eagles now have all the work to do as they will have to cancel the deficit in the second leg, which comes up next weekend in Kano.