Togo earned their first ever qualification to the Total African Nations Championship [CHAN] despite a 2-0 loss to Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Lagos on Saturday.
The Togolese won 4-1 in the first leg in Lome and that result proved enough to earn them a ticket to Cameroon 2020.
The Super Eagles had the tough task of overturning the hefty first leg defeat but their fight couldn’t bear much fruit, only an Alimi Sikiru brace that took the scores 4-3 on aggregate.
Nigeria had a decent start to the match and knowing well the extent of work they had to put in got into the lead after nine minutes.
Sikiru was a constant threat to the Togolese backline and could have easily turned the tie in favor of his side with a shot flying straight to the keeper while another opportunity was cleared off the line.
Nigeria continued to pile the pressure, but had their finishing to blame with the nervousness at the Agege Stadium in Lagos growing as the clock ticked. Sikiru added his second with 19 minutes left on the clock to give Nigeria some renewed hope.
However, they could not get a much needed third goal that would have put them through to Cameroon on the away goal rule.
Elsewhere, Namibia overturned a 1-0 first leg loss to Madagascar to win 2-0 on the evening and 2-1 on aggregate to also book themselves a ticket to Cameroon. Playing in Windhoek and the home fans all behind them, Namibia put in a shift with Elmo Kambindu scoring a brace in the 22nd and 59th minutes.
The final line up for next year’s showpiece in Cameroon will be completed on Sunday with the final qualification matches lined up.