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Togo 4-1 Nigeria: Amapakabo banks on second leg turnaround in CHAN tie

Home Eagles coach Imama Amapakabo has not given up hope of his team qualifying for the 2020 African Nations Championship despite a 4-1 defeat to Togo in Lome on Sunday.
Togo earned the big advantage in the first leg, second round qualifying match of the 2020 CHAN scheduled for Cameroon.

Sunusi Ibrahim gave Nigeria the lead in the eighth minute before the Togolese trio of Richard Nane (16′ and 67′); Tchakei Marouf (75′); and Agoro Ashraf (90+2′) completed the comeback for the hosts.

“No, we never underrated our opponents,” Amapakabo told journalists after the match.
“That would have been a foolish thing to do in football. The truth is that we fielded mainly a young team that could not really live up to expectations technically compared to the senior players in the Togolese side who have gained experience over the years.

“However, we have taken this as a learning curve moving forward and awaiting the return match.”

He remains confident that the situation is still redeemable.

“It is wrong to think that this match would determine which team goes through. We know there is a second match and no two games can ever be the same. From now until October 19, it is still quite some time away to make amends and produce the right form for the work ahead. It is after the match in Nigeria that it can become clear who qualifies,” he said.

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