story Comoros start off journey to Côte d’Ivoire 2023 on winning note, eSwatini peg back Togo

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In Lome at the Stade de Kégué, the home side twice thought they were on the winning end, but a hard fighting eSwatini held on for a point on the opening day of Group B action.

Siboniso Ngwenya’s superb left footed thunderbolt in the 95th minute grabbed a point for the visitors, who thought they had escaped with a win after Kodjo Laba’s second goal in the 87th minute.

Laba had scored just two minutes after Sabelo Ndzinisa had silenced the stadium with an 85th minite equalizer, cancelling out Meme Placca’s early opener.

Togo’s Sparrow Hawks were the expected dominant side in most of the game, pushed by their fans who expect qualification to the AFCON for the first time since 2017.

Laba, who was industrious from the first minute had several chances to score, but couldn’t land the ball inside the net. He was picked out with a decent ball on the quarter hour mark inside the box but his control let him down.

Togo however broke the deadlock in the 20th minute when Placca curled in a brilliant freekick from almost 35 yards out to send the stadium into frenzy.