Thursday’s match will be the 17th clash between both West African countries at senior level, with Nigeria having won nine of the previous 16 clashes. Togo won in three, while four matches were drawn.

The first match between both countries at senior level took place on 6th October 1956. Albert Onyeanwuna (of blessed memory) scored the game’s only goal, with Nigeria’s roster also including the likes of Dan Anyiam, Sam Ibiam, Asuquo Ekpe and Cyril Asoluka. Paul ‘Wonder Boy’ Hamilton (also of blessed memory) scored the one goal in each of two friendlies in Lagos in 1966.

Nigeria’s biggest win over Togo remains the 4-2 scoreline in a 1968 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match in Lagos in April 1967, but Nigerians will never forget the 5-2 hiding by the Hawks in a WAFU Cup match in Abidjan in December 1983.

NIGERIA & TOGO AT SENIOR LEVEL

6 Oct 1956: Nigeria 1 Togo 0 – Lagos (Friendly)

29 Dec 1964: Nigeria 1 Togo 2 – Lagos (All-Africa Games Qualifier)

6 Mar 1966: Nigeria 1 Togo 0 – Lagos (Friendly)

9 Apr 1966: Nigeria 1 Togo 0 – Lagos (Friendly)

2 Apr 1967: Togo 1 Nigeria 0 – Lome (Afcon Qualifier)

15 Apr 1967: Nigeria 4 Togo 2 – Lagos (Afcon Qualifier)

23 Apr 1975: Togo 0 Nigeria 1 – Dakar (Friendly)

13 June 1980: Togo 0 Nigeria 1 – Lome (Friendly)

9 July 1983: Nigeria 2 Togo 1 – Ibadan (Olympics Qualifier)

27 July 1983: Togo 1 Nigeria 1 – Lome (Olympics Qualifier)

16 Dec 1983: Togo 5 Nigeria 2 – Abidjan (WAFU Cup)

29 July 1986: Togo 2 Nigeria 2 – Lome (Friendly)

18 Mar 1987: Nigeria 2 Togo 0 – Lagos (Afcon Qualifier)

2 Apr 1987: Togo 1 Nigeria 1 – Lome (Afcon Qualifier)

18 Aug 1990: Nigeria 3 Togo 0 – Lagos (Afcon Qualifier)

27 Jan 1991: Togo 0 Nigeria 0 – Lome (Afcon Qualifier)