Monday Oct 14, 2019. 17:59
A weakened Equatorial Guinea, whose coach walked out on them two weeks ago and without most of their regulars, held Togo to a 1-1 draw in their friendly international at the Stade Municipal Mallemort near Marseille in France on Sunday.
Equatorial Guinea’s coach Angel Lopez quit the side a fortnight ago after they had secured place in the group phase of the World Cup qualifiers and the team went into Sunday’s friendly without captain Emilio Nsue, key midfielder Pedro Obiang and Carlos Akapo, Josete Miranda and Basilio Ndong because of injury.
But they still managed to take the lead through Pablo Ganet before Koffi Franco Atchou equalised in the 50th minute.
Ganet banged in a second minute free kick but Togo quickly look charge of the game and had chances for Fodoh Laba (17th and 28th), Gilles Sunu (13th) and Ouro-Sama Hakim (44th minute), but all were squandered.
The equaliser was came from Matthieu Dossèvi’s corner, which was acrobatically struck by Sunu but parried away only for Atchou to head home the equaliser.
Togo lost 2-1 to the Cape Verde Islands last Thursday at Stade Parsemain at Fos Sur Mer, also in the south of France. near Marseille 2-1 to the Cape Verde Islands.
Next month both countries begin their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Togo are in Group G where they host Comoros Islands first and then go away to Kenya.
In group J, Equatorial Guinea first taken on Tanzania away and then host Tunisia.