By Omolagba Oluwayemi – Nigeria
Ahead of their last group C game against Rwanda on Tuesday, Togolese assistant coach Frank Ndote has hinted that eliminating Nigeria in the qualifiers is one of the biggest driving forces for his young side at the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Togo began their CHAN campaign with a 1-0 loss to Morocco before beating Uganda 2-1 in the second game and should they avoid defeat tomorrow against Rwanda, they could seal their spot in the quarter-finals.
“Beating Nigeria in the qualifiers was incredible maybe with a bit of luck we qualified for this tournament,” Ndote said during the pre-match press conference
“This is our debut tournament and eliminating Nigeria during the qualifiers is one of the biggest driving forces for the young team,” he added.
“The main motivation is that the team is quite young and haven’t played in the league for some time.”
Togo will be without head coach Claude Le Roy who tested positive for the coronavirus, and while Ndote acknowledges that the former’s absence makes it tough for them, he believes that the squad carries deeper motivation.
“It is challenging not working with our first team coach. The game will be difficult because of the absence of the coach and the quality of our opponent,” he said.
“We are lucky to be here in this tournament. Our players are trying their best. The team is quite young and doing well.”
“The team wants to play out their best as a young team to be able to be seen and get better moves abroad after this tournament. This is the greatest motivating force,” he added.
Explaining all of the Group C permutations is as complex, but it is prudent to note that none of the four teams in the group has sealed progress to the quarter-finals, and none is completely out either.
Morocco leads the group on four points, Togo is second on three points, while Rwanda is third on two points with Uganda bottom on just a single point.
The Sparrowhawks need at least a draw against Rwanda and hope that Morocco also gets a draw against Uganda in order to qualify.
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