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Rwanda 1-1 Benin: Sessegnon Fails To Impose Himself In Draw

Stephane Sessegnon was in action for Benin this week as they look to qualify for the World Cup in 2014.
Stephane Sessegnon was in action for Benin this week as they look to qualify for the World Cup in 2014.

While everyone's in a hubbub about the Euro's at the minuute, including ourselves here, there's also Sunderland players involved in action elsewhere in the world as qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil gets under way, notably in Africa.

After sitting out a historic 1-0 win over Mali in the last round of fixtures little over a week ago, Stephane Sessegnon returned to the Benin side as they faced Rwanda at the Amahoro Stadium.

Slotting in in central midfield, and captaining the side, Sess didn't enjoy the best of days as the Rwandans bossed the game from start to finish, with our star player barely registering a kick of note, barring a second half effort which went well over the bar.

It was a surprise when Benin took the lead through Razak Otomoyossi with just over 15 minutes to play, but a late penalty from Rwanda ensured that things ended on level terms, only after a highly controversial outburst from Beninese defender Khaled Adenon.

Incensed by the decision to award a penalty, Adenon attacked the referee, who in turn sent him off. Adenon required a police escort from the pitch before things could escalate further.

Bigger than all of this however was relieving news about Sessegnon's future, which came to Twitter prior to the game from the BBC's Oluwashina Okeleji...


Meanwhile in Guinea, Ahmed Elmohamady, while he's still here anyway, was dropped to the bench and didn't feature for in Egypt's 3-2, last minute win over the West African side.

In Asia, Ji Dong-Won was a late substitute during South Korea's 4-1 win over Qatar last Friday. The young striker came on in the 8st minute, but couldn't get himself on the score sheet. Ji will be looking to make amends when they take on Lebanon tomorrow at the Goyang Sports Complex.

Elmo could be involved when the Pharaohs take on the Central African Republic on the 15th of this month, while Sess could get another outing as Benin host Ethiopia on the same day.

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