Togo national football team

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Togo
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Eperviers
(The Sparrow Hawks)
Association Fédération Togolaise de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Claude Le Roy
Captain Serge Akakpo
Most caps Emmanuel Adebayor (70)
Top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor (30)[1]
Home stadium Stade de Kégué
FIFA code TOG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 93 Increase 7 (20 October 2016)
Highest 46 (August 2006)
Lowest 125 (September 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 103 (31 March 2015)
Highest 56 (November 2005, January 2006)
Lowest 128 (4 September 1994)
First international
France French Togoland 1–1 Gold Coast  and United Kingdom Trans-Volta Togoland
(French Togoland; 13 October 1956)
Biggest win
 Togo 6–0 Swaziland 
(Accra, Ghana; 11 November 2008)
Biggest defeat
 Morocco 7–0 Togo Togo
(Morocco; 28 October 1979)
 Tunisia 7–0 Togo Togo
(Tunis, Tunisia; 7 January 2000)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2006)
Best result Group stage, 2006
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 7 (first in 1972)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2013
Members of the Togolese national football team before a warm-up match in Biberach/Riss a few days before the 2006 World Cup

The Togo national football team, nicknamed Les Eperviers (The Sparrow Hawks), is controlled by the Fédération Togolaise de Football. They played at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Their team bus underwent a fatal attack in Angola prior to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. They withdrew and were subsequently banned from the following two tournaments by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). In 2013 for the first time in history, Togo reached the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

History[edit]

They made their first FIFA World Cup appearance in their history in 2006, having been coached throughout the qualifying campaign by Stephen Keshi; German coach Otto Pfister managed the team at the finals, despite having resigned three days before their first match over a players' bonuses dispute, only to be persuaded by the players to return. Prior to gaining independence in 1960, the team were known as French Togoland.

2006 World Cup[edit]

Togo lost their opening game of the World Cup, despite having taken the lead against South Korea through a goal by Mohamed Kader. In the second half, Jean-Paul Abalo was sent off after 55 minutes, and goals from Lee Chun-Soo and Ahn Jung-Hwan sealed a 2–1 defeat for Togo.

Togo's next opponents in Group G were Switzerland, with the match scheduled for the afternoon of 19 June. However, the Togo squad and manager Pfister threatened to refuse to fulfill the fixture and take strike action. The squad and manager had been quoted as requesting payments from the Fédération Togolaise de Football for participating in the tournament of around 155,000 (US$192,000) with added bonuses for victories or draws. FIFA negotiated with the squad and manager on 17 June, persuading them to travel to Dortmund in time to fulfill the fixture;[2] goals from Alexander Frei and Tranquillo Barnetta resulted in a 2–0 defeat. FIFA subsequently imposed a CHF100,000 fine on the Togolese federation for "behaviour unworthy of a participant in the World Cup."[3]

Togo's final group game against France ended in 2–0 defeat.

Sierra Leone air disaster[edit]

After a 2008 African Nations Cup qualifier away to Sierra Leone on 3 June 2007, 20 members of a delegation of sports officials from Togo, including Togolese Sports Minister Richard Attipoe, were killed when their helicopter exploded and crashed at Lungi International Airport. No players of the Togo national team were among the victims. The Togo players and officials of the team had been waiting to take the next helicopter flight to the island on which the airport is located.

2010 bus ambush and ban[edit]

On 8 January 2010, the Togo team bus was attacked by gunmen as it travelled to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, killing three and injuring several others. The separatist group Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC) claimed responsibility for the attack. Goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale was reported dead a day after the attack.[4] Such reports were later dismissed by his club GSI Pontivy in a press announcement, stating the player was actually undergoing surgery in South Africa.[5]

Following the bus ambush attack, the Fédération Togolaise de Football stated that they would withdraw from the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations; despite claims that the team had since reversed the decision and would compete "to show our national colours, our values and that we are men" (as announced by Thomas Dossevi),[6] the government later ordered that the team return home.[7]

Following the team's withdrawal, The Confederation of African Football (CAF) banned Togo from participating in the next two editions of the Cup of Nations and fined them $50,000 because of the "decision taken by the political authorities".[8][9][10] The CAF executive Committee considered that the Togolese team was in "forfeit notified less than twenty days before the start or during the final competition" (Art. 78 of the Regulations for the Africa Cup of Nations),[8][11] rather than having withdrawn (Art. 80), and refused to consider the circumstances as force majeure (Art. 87). Togo's government immediately said they would sue as CAF "have no consideration for the lives of other human beings" and this is further "insulting to the family of those who lost their lives and those traumatized because of the attack".[9] FIFA has yet to comment on the issue.[9] Togo footballer Thomas Dossevi said "We are a group of footballers who came under fire and now we can't play football any more. They are crushing us".[9] Togolese captain Emmanuel Adebayor described the decision as "outrageous" and said that CAF President Issa Hayatou had "completely betrayed" the Togo squad.[12]

As a result of the events, Emmanuel Adebayor announced his retirement from international football on 12 April 2010. But on 22 March 2011 Adebayor announced that he was again available for the national team.

Fake Togo Team[edit]

On 7 September 2010, Togo allegedly played Bahrain in a friendly losing the match 3–0. However, on 14 September, the Togo FA claimed that a fake team had played against Bahrain. Togo's Sport Minister Christophe Tchao said to the Jeune Afrique magazine that nobody in Togo had "ever been informed of such a game".[13] On 20 September 2010, it was revealed that former Togo manager Bana Tchanilé was the culprit and the Togo FA have given him a three-year ban in addition to the two-year ban he got in July 2010 for taking Togo players to play a tournament in Egypt.[14] The match fixing has been linked to Wilson Raj Perumal and the Singaporean match-fixing syndicate allegedly run by Tan Seet Eng.[15]

2014 World Cup Qualification[edit]

Togo began qualification for the 2014 World Cup on November 11, 2011 against Guinea-Bissau. They drew in the first leg 1–1. On November 15, 2011, they won the return leg 1–0. On June 3, 2012, they played Libya in Lome and drew 1–1. Shortly after on June 10, they played Congo DR at Kinshasa and lost 2–0. They resumed on March 3, 2013 and played Cameroon in Yaounde and lost 2–1. They met again on June 9 in Lome and Togo won 2–0. In the end, Togo failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Kit[edit]

Togo traditional home kit was yellow shirts, green shorts, and white socks.

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to
Mexico 1970
Did Not Enter
West Germany 1974 to
Spain 1982
Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1986 to
Italy 1990
Withdrew
United States 1994 to
South Korea Japan 2002
Did Not Qualify
Germany 2006 Group Stage 30th 3 0 0 3 1 6
South Africa 2010 to
Russia 2018
Did Not Qualify
Total Group Stage 1/20 3 0 0 3 1 6

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Sudan 1957 Did Not Enter
United Arab Republic 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968 Did Not Qualify
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972 Group Stage =7th 3 0 2 1 4 6
Egypt 1974 Withdrew
Ethiopia 1976 Did Not Qualify
Ghana 1978
Nigeria 1980
Libya 1982
Ivory Coast 1984 Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 1 7
Egypt 1986 Did Not Qualify
Morocco 1988
Algeria 1990 Withdrew
Senegal 1992 Did Not Qualify
Tunisia 1994 Withdrew during qualifying
South Africa 1996 Did not qualify
Burkina Faso 1998 Group Stage 12th 3 1 0 2 3 3
Ghana/Nigeria 2000 Group Stage 10th 3 1 1 1 2 3
Mali 2002 Group Stage 12th 3 0 2 1 0 3
Tunisia 2004 Did Not Qualify
Egypt 2006 Group Stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 7
Ghana 2008 Did Not Qualify
Angola 2010 Withdrew due to rebel attack
Equatorial Guinea/Gabon 2012 Did not qualify
South Africa 2013 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 1 1 2 4 4
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Quarter-Finals 7/30 22 3 7 12 17 36

Results and fixtures[edit]

2017[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Comoros and Morocco on 11 and 15 November 2016.[16]
Caps and goals updated as of 15 November 2016 after the game against Morocco.[17]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Kossi Agassa (1978-07-02) 2 July 1978 (age 38) 62 0 Free agent
1GK Baba Tchagouni (1990-12-31) 31 December 1990 (age 25) 18 0 France Marmande
1GK Cédric Mensah (1989-03-06) 6 March 1989 (age 27) 13 0 France Le Mans

2DF Abdoul-Gafar Mamah (1985-08-24) 24 August 1985 (age 31) 77 0 Moldova Dacia Chișinău
2DF Serge Akakpo (1987-10-15) 15 October 1987 (age 29) 54 2 Turkey Trabzonspor
2DF Sadat Ouro-Akoriko (1988-02-01) 1 February 1988 (age 28) 31 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Khaleej
2DF Djené Dakonam (1991-12-31) 31 December 1991 (age 24) 24 0 Belgium Sint-Truiden
2DF Vincent Bossou (1986-02-07) 7 February 1986 (age 30) 21 1 Tanzania Young Africans
2DF Maklibé Kouloum (1987-10-05) 5 October 1987 (age 29) 2 0 Togo Dynamic Togolais
2DF Khaled Narey (1994-07-23) 23 July 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Germany Greuther Fürth
2DF Hakim Ouro-Sama (1997-12-28) 28 December 1997 (age 18) 0 0 Togo Togo-Port

3MF Alaixys Romao (1984-01-18) 18 January 1984 (age 32) 60 0 Greece Olympiacos
3MF Floyd Ayité (1988-12-15) 15 December 1988 (age 27) 28 5 England Fulham
3MF Prince Segbefia (1991-03-11) 11 March 1991 (age 25) 21 0 Turkey Göztepe
3MF Lalawélé Atakora (1990-11-09) 9 November 1990 (age 26) 20 1 Sweden Helsingborg
3MF Mathieu Dossevi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 28) 12 2 Belgium Standard Liége
3MF Razak Boukari (1987-04-25) 25 April 1987 (age 29) 11 1 France Châteauroux
3MF Henri Eninful (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 24) 5 0 Cyprus Doxa
3MF Franco Atchou (1995-12-31) 31 December 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Togo Dynamic Togolais
3MF Ihlas Bebou (1994-04-23) 23 April 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
3MF Gilles Sunu (1991-03-30) 30 March 1991 (age 25) 0 0 France Angers
3MF Jean-Eudes Aholou (1994-03-20) 20 March 1994 (age 22) 0 0 France Orléans

4FW Emmanuel Adebayor (c) (1984-02-26) 26 February 1984 (age 32) 70 29 Free agent
4FW Serge Gakpé (1987-05-07) 7 May 1987 (age 29) 39 4 Italy Genoa
4FW Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 24) 5 2 Morocco Nahdat Berkane
4FW Komlan Agbégniadan (1991-03-26) 26 March 1991 (age 25) 2 2 Ghana West African FA
4FW Peniel Mlapa (1991-02-20) 20 February 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Germany VfL Bochum

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players were called up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sabam Mokpowovo 0 0 Togo Académie Mario v.  Djibouti, 4 September 2016
GK Djehani Nguissan (1990-02-01) 1 February 1990 (age 26) 6 0 Nigeria Enugu Rangers v.  Uganda, 15 November 2015
GK Nouridine Yacoubou (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Togo Semassi v.  Uganda, 15 November 2015

DF Donou Kokou (1991-04-24) 24 April 1991 (age 25) 15 1 Nigeria Enugu Rangers v.  Djibouti, 4 September 2016
DF Joseph Yaovi Douhadji (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Nigeria Rivers United v.  Liberia, 5 June 2016
DF Mawouna Amevor (1991-12-16) 16 December 1991 (age 24) 8 0 Netherlands FC Dordrecht v.  Tunisia, 29 March 2016
DF Kodjo Dadzié (1986-05-14) 14 May 1986 (age 30) 4 0 Togo Gomido v.  Uganda, 15 November 2015

MF Koffi Atchou (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Togo Dynamic Togolais v.  Djibouti, 4 September 2016
MF Léonel Agagbe 0 0 Togo Africa Foot v.  Djibouti, 4 September 2016
MF Dové Womé (1991-06-08) 8 June 1991 (age 25) 30 6 South Africa SuperSport United v.  Liberia, 5 June 2016
MF Martin Nouwoklo (1993-05-24) 24 May 1993 (age 23) 8 0 Togo Togo-Port v.  Liberia, 5 June 2016
MF Farid Zato-Arouna (1992-04-23) 23 April 1992 (age 24) 3 0 Iceland Víkingur Ólafsvík v.  Tunisia, 29 March 2016

FW Euloge Placca Fessou (1994-12-01) 1 December 1994 (age 22) 8 0 Belgium Oosterzonen v.  Djibouti, 4 September 2016
FW Jonathan Ayité (1985-07-21) 21 July 1985 (age 31) 24 6 Turkey Alanyaspor v.  Liberia, 5 June 2016
FW Camaldine Abraw (1990-08-15) 15 August 1990 (age 26) 10 0 South Africa Kaizer Chiefs v.  Liberia, 5 June 2016
FW Komi-Foovi Aguidi (1992-12-31) 31 December 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Ghana Hearts of Oak v.  Tunisia, 29 March 2016
FW Franck Mawuena (1992-11-21) 21 November 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Free agent v.  Uganda, 15 November 2015
Notes

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Sky Sports | Football News". Home.skysports.com. Retrieved 2010-02-04. [dead link]
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  4. ^ Reuters (2010-01-09). "African Cup of Nations — NoConfusion over Togo death toll". Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Kodjovi Obilalé n'est pas décédé des suites de ses blessures (Agence AFP)" (in French). Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  6. ^ Nick Reeves (2010-01-10). "Togo in dramatic African Nations Cup u-turn". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  7. ^ "Togo officially disqualified from Africa Cup of Nations". BBC Sport. BBC. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  8. ^ a b Togo's withdrawal, Confederation of African Football, 30 January 2010 
  9. ^ a b c d "Togo banned from next two Africa Cups of Nations". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 January 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Togo suspended for next two Africa Nations Cup". Xinhua. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Regulations of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations (PDF), Confederation of African Football 
  12. ^ Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor slams 'outrageous' ban, BBC Sport, 31 January 2010 
  13. ^ 'Fake' Togo football team at Bahrain match being investigated, BBC News, 15 September 2010 
  14. ^ Fake mastermind behind fake Togo team revealed!, Yahoo, 20 September 2010, archived from the original on 2010-09-26 
  15. ^ Buncombe, Andrew (29 March 2013). "Dan Tan: the man who fixed football". The Independent. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Liste des joueurs covoqués pour novembre" (in French). ftftogo.com. 
  17. ^ "Togo". 

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