Scorpions’ AFCON chances dented after loss to ten-man Togo

The Gambia were left reeling for their missed opportunities against visiting Togo who secured a 1-0 win in the return leg fixture of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match on Tuesday.

The match, played at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, saw the Scorpions fail to beat 10-man Togo who had captain Djené Dakonam Ortega sent off in the second period.

The Scorpions, largely cautious during the encounter, had chances to cap off the game before wasting them in front of the home supporters.

It wasn't until in the 92nd minute when the visitors silenced the home supporters with Fulham attacker Floyd Ayité’s shot beating net-minder Alhagie Modou Jobe to reignite the Sparrow Hawks’ hopes of reaching next year's showpiece and leaving the Scorpions to lick their wounds.

The win sends Togo to third on the standings with five points after four outings and only two points behind Group D rivals Algeria and Benin.

Defeat meanwhile sees the Scorpions’ hopes of reaching the AFCON dangle by a thread after Benin’s 1-0 win over Algeria in Cotonou in the day’s other match.

Gambia, coached by Belgian Tom Saintfiet, currently occupy the bottom position in the group with two points.