Togo's centre-back Serge Akakpo
Friday Sep 04, 2015. 17:39
Togo claimed top spot in their Group A of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers following their 2-0 win in Djibouti this Friday, in matchday two of the competition’s group stage.
First-half goals from Serge Akakpo and Floyd Ayité proved enough for the Sparrow Hawks to seal all three points in a convincing 2-0 victory at Stade El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon.
The result puts the Togolese, who defeated Liberia in Lomé in their campaign opener last June, top of Group A on six points, with second-placed Tunisia, who have a match in hand, on three.
Still pointless after two consecutive defeats, Djibouti are bringing up the rear having conceded 10 goals and scored only one.
Ukraine-based centre-back Serge Akakpo put the visitors ahead after just three minutes of play, with SC Bastia's attacking midfielder Floyd Ayité doubling their advantage just before half-time to send Tom Saintfiet’s men into the break with a comfortable two-goal cushion.
Togo then held on till the final whistle during a goalless second-half to grab the full points on the road.
Tunisia will have the opportunity to join Togo at the top of the table on Saturday, when they face Liberia in Monrovia in the group’s other fixture.