Togo national football team

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Togo
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Éperviers
(The Sparrowhawks)
AssociationTogolese Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachClaude Le Roy
CaptainDjené Dakonam
Most capsEmmanuel Adebayor (87)
Top scorerEmmanuel Adebayor (32)
Home stadiumStade de Kégué
FIFA codeTOG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 133 Decrease 5 (7 April 2021)[1]
Highest46 (August 2006)
Lowest133 (April 2021)
First international
France French Togoland 1–1 Gold Coast  and Trans-Volta Togoland United Kingdom
(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
Appearances1 (first in 2006)
Best resultGroup stage, 2006
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances8 (first in 1972)
Best resultQuarter-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 (French: Équipe nationale de football du Togo) represents Togo in international football and is controlled by the Togolese Football Federation. 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. The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

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 Togolese Football Federation 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;[3] 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."[4]

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.[5] Such reports were later dismissed by his club GSI Pontivy in a press announcement, stating the player was actually undergoing surgery in South Africa.[6]

Following the bus ambush attack, the Togolese Football Federation 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),[7] the government later ordered that the team return home.[8]

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".[9][10][11] 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),[9][12] 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".[10] FIFA has yet to comment on the issue.[10] 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".[10] Togolese captain Emmanuel Adebayor described the decision as "outrageous" and said that CAF President Issa Hayatou had "completely betrayed" the Togo squad.[13]

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".[14] 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.[15] The match fixing has been linked to Wilson Raj Perumal and the Singaporean match-fixing syndicate allegedly run by Tan Seet Eng.[16]

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.

Results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2019[edit]

14 November 2019 (2019-11-14) 2021 AFCONQ Togo  0–1  Comoros Lomé, Togo
16:00 UTC±0 Selemani Goal 51' Stadium: Stade de Kégué
18 November 2019 (2019-11-18) 2021 AFCONQ Kenya  1–1  Togo Kasarani, Kenya
19:00 UTC+3
Stadium: Moi International Sports Centre

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Comoros and Kenya on 14 & 18 November 2019.[17]

Caps and goals updated as of 18 November 2019 after the game against Kenya.[18]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Malcolm Barcola (1999-05-14) 14 May 1999 (age 21) 5 0 France Lyon II
1GK Abdoul Moubarak Aïgba (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Togo OTR
1GK Dové Abotchi (1992-09-20) 20 September 1992 (age 28) 0 0 South Africa JDR Stars

2DF Djené Dakonam (Captain) (1991-12-31) 31 December 1991 (age 29) 51 0 Spain Getafe
2DF Hakim Ouro-Sama (1997-12-28) 28 December 1997 (age 23) 23 1 France Lille B
2DF Steve Lawson (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 26) 17 0 Scotland Livingston
2DF Simon Gbegnon (1992-03-27) 27 March 1992 (age 29) 11 0 France Béziers
2DF Adewale Olufade (1994-08-21) 21 August 1994 (age 26) 8 0 Cameroon Union Douala
2DF Wilson Akakpo (1992-02-10) 10 February 1992 (age 29) 2 0 Egypt Al Ittihad
2DF Abdoul Bodé (1995-01-22) 22 January 1995 (age 26) 4 0 Togo Togo-Port
2DF Kangnivi Amatchoutchoui (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 (age 26) 0 0 Togo Gbohloé-Su des Lacs

3MF Lalawélé Atakora (1990-11-09) 9 November 1990 (age 30) 45 2 Azerbaijan Gabala
3MF Floyd Ayité (1988-12-15) 15 December 1988 (age 32) 43 11 Turkey Gençlerbirliği
3MF Mathieu Dossevi (1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 33) 32 5 France Toulouse
3MF Franco Atchou (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 (age 25) 20 1 Denmark Fremad Amager
3MF Ihlas Bebou (1994-04-23) 23 April 1994 (age 26) 20 1 Germany TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
3MF Gilles Sunu (1991-03-30) 30 March 1991 (age 30) 7 1 Turkey BB Erzurumspor
3MF Marouf Tchakei (1995-12-15) 15 December 1995 (age 25) 6 2 Togo ASKO Kara
3MF Yendoutie Nane (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 (age 26) 0 0 Togo ASKO Kara

4FW Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 29) 28 12 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
4FW Peniel Mlapa (1991-02-20) 20 February 1991 (age 30) 11 0 United Arab Emirates Kalba
4FW Kévin Denkey (2000-11-30) 30 November 2000 (age 20) 8 1 France Béziers
4FW David Henen (1996-04-19) 19 April 1996 (age 24) 0 0 France Grenoble

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Togo in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up



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]

As of 17 November 2020
Players in bold text are still active with Togo.

Coaches[edit]

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 Squad 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 Squad 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 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined 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]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Sudan 1957 Part of  France
Egypt 1959
Ethiopia 1962 Not affiliated to CAF
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter
Ethiopia 1968 Did not qualify
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972 Group stage 7th 3 0 2 1 4 6 Squad
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 Squad
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 Squad
Ghana Nigeria 2000 10th 3 1 1 1 2 3 Squad
Mali 2002 12th 3 0 2 1 0 3 Squad
Tunisia 2004 Did not qualify
Egypt 2006 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 7 Squad
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 Squad
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Gabon 2017 Group stage 16th 3 0 1 2 2 6 Squad
Egypt 2019 Did not qualify
Cameroon 2021
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 8/33 25 3 8 14 18 39

African Nations Championship record[edit]

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 1
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Did not qualify
Sudan 2011
South Africa 2014
Rwanda 2016
Morocco 2018
Cameroon 2020 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 5
Algeria 2022 To be determined
Total Group stage 1/6 3 1 0 2 4 5

African Games record[edit]

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
Republic of the Congo 1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria 1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya 1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Togo national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Kodjovi Obilalé n'est pas décédé des suites de ses blessures (Agence AFP)" (in French). Archived from the original on 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
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  8. ^ "Togo officially disqualified from Africa Cup of Nations". BBC Sport. BBC. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
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  12. ^ Regulations of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations (PDF), Confederation of African Football
  13. ^ Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor slams 'outrageous' ban, BBC Sport, 31 January 2010
  14. ^ 'Fake' Togo football team at Bahrain match being investigated, BBC News, 15 September 2010
  15. ^ Fake mastermind behind fake Togo team revealed!, Yahoo, 20 September 2010, archived from the original on 26 September 2010
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  18. ^ "Togo".

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