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Togo lose 2-1 at home to Tunisia in African Cup of Nations qualifier

Tunisia, the African champion in 2004 when it hosted the tournament, took the lead in the 37th minute through striker Jomaa Issam.

Togo equalized just three minutes later through Mani Sapol and the match, watched by a capacity 30,000 crowd after Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe provided free tickets, looked set for a draw.

But striker Amine pounced on a defensive error in the 83rd minute to score Tunisia's winner in the Group K match.

After four games, Botswana leads the group with 10 points, followed by Tunisia on seven and Malawi on six. Togo has two points and Chad one.

"I am very happy because Tunisia needed a victory today," coach coach Bertrand Marchand said. "It was a good match, but the Tunisians were physically stronger in the second half."

That physical edge was acknowledged by Togo coach Thierry Froger.

"Tunisia have talented players and they exploited our weakness. They were physically powerful because after our equalizer we thought we had wrapped up the match," Froger said

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