Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Following a goalless draw with Algeria in March, Togo will look to return to winning ways when they take on Eswatini in their Africa Cup of Nations opener. Les Eperviers missed out on a spot at the 2022 World Cup finals, and, no doubt, they have big ambitions for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba, who scored 26 goals for Al Ain last term, will be one of the men to watch in the home team.
Eswatini, on the other hand, are not regarded one of the teams to beat in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Dominic Kunene’s troops face an uphill task in their opener, and seeing that Togo are eager to return to winning ways, we predict that the Sihlangu Semnikati are going to return home empty-handed. In their last meeting in a competitive match Togo crushed Eswatini 6-0.
Highlighted Player (Djené):
A central defender who can equally be deployed as a right-back, Djene Dakonam has emerged as one of the most influential Getafe players in the 2017/18 season. His road to prominence was a long one, however, and Djene had to bide his time in order to be recognized for quality he undoubtedly possesses. Dapaong-born Togolese international, Djene Dakonam made his first football steps as a youth member of Etoile Filante.
Spells in Benin and Cameroon with Tonnerre d’Abomey and Coton Sport, respectively, saw Djene Dakonam grab attention of Alcoron, who moved in to bring him to Spain in 2014. During two years in Spain Djene Dakonam made 59 league appearances before moving to Sint-Truidense. It was in Belgium that Djene Dakonam proved his defensive versatility and Getafe came calling the very next year, in 2017.
Djene proved to be an instant hit with the Azulones and is hoping a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs will not be too far away for him. The likes of Arsenal and Tottenham have been sniffing around him during the summer transfer window in 2018 but were ultimately scared off by his £31 million release clause.