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Togo has lately been a recurring decimal in Nigerian football. Twice in the last two weeks, Nigerian domestic players have fallen to the powers of Togo’s domestic league as their home-based players have beaten Nigeria’s version of the national team 4-1 and 2-1.

Another clash is slated for October 19 when the decider of which team gets to the African Nations Championships (CHAN) will be decided.

CAF has thrown up another possible decider of the relative strength of the domestic football of Togo and Nigeria after Rangers of Nigeria were drawn against ASCK of Togo in the Confederations Cup.

All together Nigeria and Togo would have clashed five times within a space of six weeks this year. Already, two matches in CHAN and WAFU Nations Cup have gone to the advantage of Togo.


In those two encounters, Nigeria conceded six goals and scored miserable two. Will Togo become Nigeria’s bogey team? Rangers will decide that in their two-legged encounters with ASCK on October 27 in Lome and November 3 in Enugu.

Before then, Coach Imama Amapakabo will have to prove that his players have enough gut to overturn a three goal deficit in the CHAN qualifiers.

Enyimba too are left with a grudge-laden encounter with South Africa’s TS Galaxy. Last year, a South African club, Mamelodi Sundowns made minced meat of Lobi Stars following a 3-0 away defeat. 

The same club had beaten Enyimba in the 2016 CAF Champions League. It is time for Enyimba to wipe off the defeats as they face TS Galaxy.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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