CAIRO – Benin woke up on Saturday still pinching themselves after an extraordinary win at the Africa Cup of Nations as they rode their luck to eliminate highly fancied Morocco on penalties in the last 16.
"We dream of victories every day and I believe we can continue this beautiful dream," said coach Michel Dussuyer after the small west African nation won 4-1 on penalties after holding Morocco to a 1-1 draw following extra time on Friday.
Benin achieved success despite conceding a last gasp penalty after the end of 90 minutes, which Morocco missed, and then playing most of the extra time period down to 10 men.
"I'm very proud of my team. We had a difficult challenge. Morocco are a very strong team but we prepared well mentally and luck was on our side," added the journeyman French coach, in charge of a motley collection of players including one from Yeovil Town in League Two.
"Playing with a man less was difficult, and we will try to make amends for the absence of Khaled Adenon, who will miss next game."