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 Emmanuel Adebayor
Top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor (31)[1]
Home stadium Stade de Kégué
FIFA code TOG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 129 Decrease 1 (12 April 2018)
Highest 46 (August 2006)
Lowest 129 (April 2018)
Elo ranking
Current 111 Steady (20 March 2018)
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)
 Togo 6–0 Mauritius 
(Lomé, Mauritius; 12 November 2017)
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 8 (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. The national football team of Togo made their debut in the FIFA World Cup in 2006. 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.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined Participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 4
Argentina 1978 4 1 1 2 3 5
Spain 1982 2 1 0 1 2 2
Mexico 1986 Withdrew Withdrew
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Did not qualify 5 0 0 5 2 11
France 1998 8 2 2 4 9 16
South Korea Japan 2002 10 3 4 3 13 13
Germany 2006 Group Stage 30th 3 0 0 3 1 6 12 8 2 2 22 9
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 10 4 2 4 11 10
Brazil 2014 8 2 2 4 6 12
Russia 2018 2 0 0 2 0 4
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Total Group Stage 1/21 3 0 0 3 1 6 63 21 13 29 68 86

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
Gabon 2017 Group Stage 16th 3 0 1 2 2 6
Quarter-Finals 7/30 26 3 8 14 19 42

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been selected for the friendly matches against Madagascar on 21 March 2018, and Ivory Coast on 24 March 2018. Caps and goals updated as of 28 March 2017 after the game against Egypt.[16]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Yorgan Agblemagnon (1999-07-09) 9 July 1999 (age 18) 2 0 France Le Havre
16 1GK Fatao Alhassani Dida (1997-08-11) 11 August 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Ghana Liberty Professionals

2 2DF Djené Dakonam (1991-12-31) 31 December 1991 (age 26) 35 0 Spain Getafe
3 2DF Hakim Ouro-Sama (1997-12-28) 28 December 1997 (age 20) 5 0 Togo Togo-Port
6 2DF Simon Gbegnon (1992-03-27) 27 March 1992 (age 26) 2 0 France SAS Épinal
15 2DF Tevi Steve Lawson (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Switzerland Neuchâtel Xamax

10 3MF Floyd Ayité (1988-12-15) 15 December 1988 (age 29) 34 8 England Fulham
12 3MF Lalawélé Atakora (1990-11-09) 9 November 1990 (age 27) 30 2 Unattached
17 3MF Mathieu Dossevi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 30) 17 3 France Metz
22 3MF Razak Boukari (1987-04-25) 25 April 1987 (age 30) 18 1 France Châteauroux

4 4FW Emmanuel Adebayor (1984-02-26) 26 February 1984 (age 34) 76 31 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir
11 4FW Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 26) 11 5 Morocco Nahdat Berkane
13 4FW Ihlas Bebou (1994-04-23) 23 April 1994 (age 23) 10 0 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf
18 4FW Euloge Placca Fessou (1994-12-31) 31 December 1994 (age 23) 11 1 Belgium KFCO Beerschot Wilrijk
Notes
  • DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary Squad.
  • RET Player has retired from international football.
  • SUS Suspended from the national team.

Records[edit]

Previous squads[edit]

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto; Stokkermans, Karel. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 2011-06-28. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Sky Sports | Football News". Home.skysports.com. Archived from the original on 2007-01-25. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  3. ^ https://www.fifa.com/en/media/index/0,1369,120470,00.html?articleid=120470. Retrieved August 30, 2006.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  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 26 September 2010 
  15. ^ Buncombe, Andrew (29 March 2013). "Dan Tan: the man who fixed football". The Independent. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Togo". 

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