Togo, Benin eye Afcon boost in Lomé

Togo, Benin eye Afcon boost in Lomé
Lalawele Atakora of Togo gets away from Firmin Ndombe Mubele of DR Congo during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Togo and DR Congo at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 24 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 07, 2018. 15:31

Togo will be aiming to re-ignite their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hopes when they welcome Benin to the Stade Municipal in Lomé on Sunday, in a Group D qualifier.

Kick-off is at 18h00 CAT.

The Sparrowhawks lost 1-0 away to group favourites Algeria in their opening game of the qualifiers last year and will be eager to bounce back to winning ways this weekend.

Togo qualified for the most recent Afcon showpiece hosted in Gabon, but have work to do if they are to reach Cameroon and what will be their ninth Afcon tournament.

The West African's best showing at Africa's premier competition came back in 2013 when they reached the quarterfinal stage in South Africa. Togo exited the showpiece at the group stages on the seven other occasions.

Togo were last in action back in March when they held the Ivory Coast to a 2-2 draw in France.

The Squirrels got their campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over Gambia in Cotonou last year. Benin are hoping to qualify for an Afcon tournament for a fourth time.

Referee Noureddine El Jaafari of Morocco will take charge of the clash.

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