The Sparrow Hawks of Togo narrowly whipped Lone Star 2-1 yesterday in a Group A fixture that marked the start of their campaign for the 2017 Nations Cup finals.
Emmanuel Adebayor double silenced his critics and hecklers and proved the difference for Togo to secure the valuable win despite almost being dropped from the squad by new Togo coach Tom Saintfiet for lack of discipline after he and two other players – Kossi Agassa and Floyd Ayite – failed to join the squad on time.
Lone Star arguably shaded Sunday’s match with a 43rd strike from 24-year-old international striker William Jebor, who plies his trade with Portuguese side Rio Ave.
Coach James Salinsa Debbah’s boys impressively fling the first sword in the first half but couldn’t continue their pace and Tottenham striker Adebayor leveled the score in the 63rd minute, beating goalie Nathaniel Sherman.
Adebayor struck a minute from time to earn Togo a 2-1 win at the Stade de Kégué, Lome, Togo.
Overall data between Liberia and Togo indicates the two countries have now met 16 times – eight in Monrovia and eight in Lome.
At home, Liberia whipped Togo four times, lost two and drew three, but has a very bad traveling record – losing six games and drawing one; — Sunday’s game put Liberia’s loss to seven.
Togo’s win put them second on the Group A. Tunisia who tops after cruising Djibouti 8-1 in Radès on Friday evening.
Lone Star will play away in Mali, the home ground of Guinea, owing to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus, on Sunday, June 21, 2015. The return would be on Sunday, July 5, 2015 in Monrovia.
Chikhaoui put the Carthage Eagles ahead in the 9th minute from the penalty spot, thanks to a foul on Saber Khalifa inside the box, before doubling their lead in the 22nd minute and adding number three for a personal hat-trick a minute later.
Then, FC Metz midfielder Ferjani Sassi made sure to send the locals into the break with a four-goal cushion, with a successful 37th minute effort.
Mohamed Libane managed to pull a goal back for Djibouti from the penalty spot in the 54th minute, but Club Africain hitman Saber Khalifa restored the Eagles’ four-goal advantage just past the hour mark.
Substitutes Fakhreddine Ben Youssef and Maher Hannachi added two more for George Leekens men within ten minutes, while Yoann Touzghar hammered the final nail into the minnow’s coffin in the 81st minute.