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The Benin Premier League, also known as Championnat National du Bénin in French, is the highest football league in Benin. The league was held in 1969 for the first time. It currently consists of 14 clubs playing a double round tournament. The winner of the Premier League receives a seat in the CAF Champions League. The last two clubs descend into the Second Division, which consists of 11 teams.
Club football or football is the most popular sport in Benin. The national football team of Benin (Les Ecureuils), which is governed by the Football Association of Benin, joined in 1969 as Dahomey both FIFA and the CAF. Dahomey became Benin in 1975.
Les Ecureuils (the squirrels, as the national team is called) have never qualified for the World Cup and only entered the 2004 African Nations Cup. With the 79th rank in September 2007 they had the highest world ranking in the world. The home stadium is the Stade de l'Amitié in Cotonou.
Benin footballer: Romuald Boco (born July 8, 1985 in Benin) is a footballer who last played as a midfielder for Leyton Orient. The native Frenchman represented Benin on an international level.
On February 11, 2008, he signed for Sligo Rovers League of Ireland Premier Division.
His new coach Paul Cook, with whom he had previously worked at Accrington Stanley, was pleased with his recent commitment ahead of his team's new campaign: "I did not think I would get it, I thought he but luckily we secured it, "said Cook.
"I do not want to put pressure on him, but I'm sure the fans will see that he's the real deal, and with the other signings we've made, I think we're in a very exciting season "
He scored his first league goal for Sligo Rovers in a 3-1 win over Cobh Ramblers. He helped Rovers qualify for the UEFA Europa League, formerly known as the UEFA Cup.
On 7 June 2009, in an interview with the BBC, he expressed concern about the financial situation within the League of Ireland. Boco left Sligo when his contract expired at the end of the 2009 season.
Boco was brought to trial with Doncaster Rovers to obtain a contract with the Meisterverein. Nothing came of course. After his contract with Sligo Rovers had expired and he had decided not to sign a contract, he was with the second division Burton Albion brought to justice a new one.
Boco returned to Sligo Rovers on July 30, 2010 and signed a contract that expires at the end of the 2010 season. He was instrumental in helping Rovers win the 2010 FAI Ford Cup after being switched to the right or left winger. When he signed for Sligo Rovers for the first time, he was a striker who was sometimes used as a midfielder and then switched to the right-back. On November 23, Paul Cook admitted that it is doubtful that Boco will sign a new contract after rejecting the club's "final" bid.
Despite discussions in which the club and Boco had agreed terms, Paul Cook announced on February 23, 2011, that Boco will not return to the showgrounds in the coming season.
Subsequently, Boco moved to the end of the season to Shanghai East Asia. After a promising first season in China, Boco returned to Sligo Rovers on December 19, 2011 following talks with Paul Cook.
The train would be his third magic for the Sligo.
Always impressed in Sligo's first qualifying rounds, Boco scored his first goal in the reds of Sligo's 2-0 win over Glentoran in the first leg of the Setanta Cup quarter-final.
On August 31, 2012, it was announced that Boco had rejoined the former club Accrington Stanley as part of a one-year contract.
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