Super Eagles B team head coach Imama Amapakabo is not losing sleep after his team lost 4-1 in the first leg of the African Nations Championship CHAN 2020 Qualifiers against the Sparrow Hawks of Togo in Lome on Sunday.
NPFL joint top scorer Sunusi Ibrahim gave Nigeria the lead in the 8th minute before the Togolese trio of Richard Nane (16′ and 67′); Tchakei Marouf (75′); and Agoro Ashraf (90+2′) rallied back to win the encounter
Amapakabo in a post match interview said contrary to media speculations, he side did not underestimate their opponents.
“No, we never underrated our opponents. That would have been a foolish thing to do in football.
The truth is that we fielded mainly a young team that could not really live up to expectations technically compared to the senior players in the Togolese side who have gained experience over the years.
“However, we have taken this as a learning curve moving forward and awaiting the return match.”
He remains confident that the situation is still redeemable.
“It is wrong to think that this match would determine which team goes through. We know there is a second match and no two games can ever be the same. From now until October 19, it is still quite some time away to make amends and produce the right form for the work ahead. It is after the match in Nigeria that it can become clear who qualifies,” he said