Benin Republic will return to Cotonou with a vital away goal after they were forced to a 1-1 draw by hosts Togo in a CHAN 2018 qualifier leading up to a final playoff against Nigeria next month.

Benin could now advance to the playoff against Nigeria should the return leg match next weekend end in a scoreless draw.

The visiting team went in front after 45 minutes through Koukpo, but Togo drew level almost immediately through danger man Sewonou Koidjo.

The overall winners of this West African derby will take on Nigeria between August 11 and 18 for a place in CHAN 2018 in Kenya.

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