There would be no retribution for Nigeria, as they lost to Togo for the second time in a week in the ongoing WAFU Nations Cup in Senegal.
The Super Eagles were stunned 4-1 in their first leg CHAN qualifier last weekend, and were keen to make amends for that humbling reverse here. That desire, however, proved ineffectual, as Togo breached the Nigerian rearguard twice in the first half to advance in Thies.
The Sparrowhawks took the lead in the 16th minute. After a swift exchange on the left touchline, Kossi Koudagba was afforded the space he needed to whip in a cross behind the Nigerian backline, and Kossivi Adjahli capitalized on the momentary indecision to stab home through the legs of Theophilus Afelokhai.
The lead only lasted five minutes, however. A shot from outside the box, after a cleared Nigeria corner, was flicked in Sikiru Alimi, completely befuddling the Togo goalkeeper Kossi Agreko and nestling in the corner of the net.
Togo would regain the lead just on the stroke of half-time. A free-kick into the box looked harmless enough, but was turned into his own goal by Olisa Ndah, gifting the Togolese a lead they would hold on to till the end.
There would be chances in the second half for Nigeria however, notably falling to Mfon Udoh, but the defeat means Imama Amapakabo’s side are eliminated from the competition.