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Imama Amapakabo ’ s side lost 4 – 1 to the Sparrow Hawks in the first leg of their CHAN 2020 qualifier to the Sparrow Hawks at the Stade de Kegue Stadium , Lome , Togo on September 22 .
A brace from Nane Richard and strikes from Tchakei Marouf and Agoro Ashraf canceled out Ibrahim Sunusi ’ s eight – minute opener at Stade de Kegue, Lome .
They also suffered a 2 – 1 loss to the Togolese at the recent WAFU tournament in Senegal .
The 2018 African Nations Championship finalists must score at least three goals without conceding to have a chance of winning the final round qualifier and reaching the tournament for a fourth consecutive time .
Despite admitting his side face a daunting task , Amapakabo refuses to abandon hope , believing clinical finishing can see them win comfortably .
“ I have been drumming into the ears of my players that we cannot afford to fail, ” Amapakabo said ahead of the game .
“ Togo won 4 – 1 on their ground , so who is to say that we cannot do better on our home ground ?
We cannot afford not to be at the African Nations Championship .
“ We have to be focused and determined . Crucially , we must create scoring chances and put them away . ”
The former Enugu Rangers coach has called up six new players to the squad as he bids to pull chestnuts out of the fire .
Super Eagles goalkeeper , Ikechukwu Ezenwa , who opted out of the first leg to take part in the friendly game with Brazil , has been added to the squad along with Destiny Ashadi ( Katsina United ) and Kano Pillars striker Nyima Nwagua for the must – win encounter against the Togolese in Lagos .
Ifeanyi Aneamena (Enyimba) , Anthony Shimaga (Rangers ) and Ifeanyi Nweke (Kano Pillars ) have also been invited .
Meanwhile , Togo coach Abalo Dosseh is confident his side will see off the tie in front of Eagles’ homes fans .
“ We feel very good about the win and we have another half to finish in Nigeria, “ Dosseh told togofoot. info .
“ It’ s obviously not the result which ends the tie, but the most important thing is the result and we are ahead .
“ To win against a very good team in Nigeria is not easy because it takes a lot of hard work .
The job will be completed. ”
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