Togo national football team

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).

Togo
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Éperviers
(The Sparrowhawks)
AssociationTogolese Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachPaulo Duarte
CaptainDjené Dakonam
Most capsAbdoul-Gafar Mamah (93) [1]
Top scorerEmmanuel Adebayor (32)
Home stadiumStade de Kégué
FIFA codeTOG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 127 Decrease 6 (23 June 2022)[2]
Highest46 (August 2006)
Lowest133 (April 2021)
First international
France French Togoland 1–1 Gold Coast and Trans-Volta Togoland 
(French Togoland; 13 October 1956)
Biggest win
 Togo 6–0 Swaziland 
(Accra, Ghana; 11 November 2008)
 Togo 6–0 Mauritius 
(Lomé, Togo; 12 November 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Morocco 7–0 Togo 
(Morocco; 28 October 1979)
 Tunisia 7–0 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

HistoryEdit

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 CupEdit

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;[4] 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."[5]

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

Sierra Leone air disasterEdit

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 banEdit

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.[6] Such reports were later dismissed by his club GSI Pontivy in a press announcement, stating the player was actually undergoing surgery in South Africa.[7]

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),[8] the government later ordered that the team return home.[9]

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".[10][11][12] 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),[10][13] 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".[11] FIFA has yet to comment on the issue.[11] 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".[11] Togolese captain Emmanuel Adebayor described the decision as "outrageous" and said that CAF President Issa Hayatou had "completely betrayed" the Togo squad.[14]

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 TeamEdit

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".[15] 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.[16] The match fixing has been linked to Wilson Raj Perumal and the Singaporean match-fixing syndicate allegedly run by Tan Seet Eng.[17]

2014 World Cup QualificationEdit

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 fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021Edit

1 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Group H Senegal   2–0   Togo Thiès
  • Mané   56'
  • A. Diallo   81'
Report Stadium: Stade Lat-Dior
Referee: Sadok Selmi (Tunisia)
5 September 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Group H Togo   0–1   Namibia Lomé
Report
Stadium: Stade de Kégué
Referee: Omar Abdulkadir Artan (Somalia)
9 October 2022 World Cup qualification Togo   1–1   Congo Lomé
Stadium: Stade de Kégué
12 October 2022 World Cup qualification Congo   1–2   Togo Brazzaville, Congo
17:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Stade Alphonse Massemba-Débat
Attendance: 0
Referee: Djindo Louis Houngnandande (Benin)
11 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Togo   1–1   Senegal Lomé
19:00 UTC±0
Report
Stadium: Stade de Kégué
Referee: Jalal Jayed (Morocco)
15 November 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Namibia   0–1   Togo Johannesburg, South Africa
Report Stadium: Orlando Stadium
Referee: Pierre Atcho (Gabon)

2022Edit

24 March Friendly Togo   3–0   Sierra Leone Aksu, Turkey
Stadium: Mardan Sports Complex
29 March Friendly Togo   1–1   Benin Aksu, Turkey
Stadium: Mardan Sports Complex
8 April Friendly Algeria   1–0   Togo
10 April Friendly Algeria   0–0   Togo
3 June 2023 AFCON qualification Togo   2–2   Eswatini Lomé, Togo
16:00
Report
Stadium: Stade de Kégué
Referee: Djindo Houngnandande (Benin)
7 June 2023 AFCON qualification Cape Verde   2–0   Togo Marrakesh, Morocco
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Stade de Marrakech
Referee: Mehrez Melki (Tunisia)

2023Edit

CoachesEdit

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Malcolm Barcola (1999-05-14) 14 May 1999 (age 23) 18 0   Tuzla City
1GK Steven Mensah (2003-03-22) 22 March 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Hamburger SV
1GK Youssouf Morou (2000-12-31) 31 December 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Dynamic Togolais

2DF Klousseh Agbozo (1994-06-26) 26 June 1994 (age 28) 14 0   Al Ahli (Tripoli)
2DF Frederic Ananou (1997-09-20) 20 September 1997 (age 24) 2 0   SC Paderborn
2DF Youssifou Atté (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 (age 26) 12 0   Legon Cities
2DF Nadir Ayéva (2001-09-05) 5 September 2001 (age 20) 0 0   Örebro SK
2DF Loïc Bessilé (1999-02-19) 19 February 1999 (age 23) 4 0   Charleroi
2DF Kennedy Boateng (1996-11-19) 19 November 1996 (age 25) 4 0   Santa Clara
2DF Dakonam Djené (1991-12-31) 31 December 1991 (age 30) 69 0   Getafe
2DF Emmanuel Hackman (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 27) 4 0   Gil Vicente
2DF Steven Nador (2002-06-23) 23 June 2002 (age 20) 0 0   SPAL

3MF Gnama Akaté (1991-11-25) 25 November 1991 (age 30) 14 1   Al-Naft
3MF Samuel Asamoah (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 28) 3 0   FC U Craiova
3MF Franco Atchou (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 (age 26) 29 1   Erbil
3MF Karim Dermane (2003-12-26) 26 December 2003 (age 18) 2 0   Feyenoord
3MF Richard Nane (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 (age 28) 14 4   Hafia
3MF Samsondin Ouro (2000-03-02) 2 March 2000 (age 22) 3 0   Mura
3MF Alaixys Romao (1984-01-18) 18 January 1984 (age 38) 77 0   Ionikos
3MF Marouf Tchakei (1995-12-15) 15 December 1995 (age 26) 24 2   AS Vita

4FW Floyd Ayité (1988-12-15) 15 December 1988 (age 33) 48 11   Valenciennes
4FW Kévin Denkey (2000-11-30) 30 November 2000 (age 21) 22 2   Cercle Brugge
4FW David Henen (1996-04-19) 19 April 1996 (age 26) 11 0   Kortrijk
4FW Thibault Klidje (2001-07-10) 10 July 2001 (age 20) 6 0   Bordeaux
4FW Kodjo Laba (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 30) 41 17   Al Ain
4FW Serge Nyuiadzi (1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 30) 6 0   Ordabasy
4FW Euloge Placca (1994-12-31) 31 December 1994 (age 27) 27 8   Al-Tadamon

Recent call-upsEdit

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
GK Vigninou Agbagla (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 28) 0 0   ASKO Kara vs.   Namibia, 15 November 2021
GK Wassiou Ouro-Gneni (1997-02-14) 14 February 1997 (age 25) 0 0   AS Douanes vs.   Namibia, 15 November 2021
GK Abdoul Moubarak Aïgba (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 24) 7 0   Sofapaka vs.   Congo, 12 October 2021

DF Kangnivi Ama Tchoutchoui (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 (age 28) 8 0   Nouadhibou v.   Benin, 29 March 2022
DF Bilal Moussa (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 25) 6 0   Togo-Port vs.   Namibia, 15 November 2021
DF Gustave Akueson (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 26) 2 0   Granville vs.   Namibia, 15 November 2021
DF Abdoul-Halimou Sama (2002-07-28) 28 July 2002 (age 19) 2 0   ASKO Kara vs.   Congo, 12 October 2021

MF Roger Aholou (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 28) 3 0   USM vs.   Namibia, 15 November 2021
MF Henri Eninful (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 29) 11 1   Lahti vs.   Namibia, 5 September 2021
MF Kossivi Amédédjisso (2001-12-31) 31 December 2001 (age 20) 1 0   RB Leipzig vs.   Namibia, 5 September 2021
MF Mani Ougadja (1988-01-31) 31 January 1988 (age 34) 1 0   Kara vs.   Namibia, 5 September 2021

FW Guillaume Yenoussi (1997-07-02) 2 July 1997 (age 25) 7 0   Haguenau v.   Benin, 29 March 2022
FW Justin Yeré (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 (age 25) 1 0   Dyto v.   Benin, 29 March 2022
FW Ihlas Bebou (1994-04-23) 23 April 1994 (age 28) 27 1   TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs.   Namibia, 15 November 2021
FW Elom Nya-Vedji (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 24) 9 2   Vllaznia Shkodër vs.   Namibia, 15 November 2021
FW Ismaïl Ouro-Agoro (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 26) 8 0   ASC Kara vs.   Namibia, 15 November 2021
FW Gilles Sunu (1991-03-30) 30 March 1991 (age 31) 12 2   Châteauroux vs.   Namibia, 5 September 2021

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.

RecordsEdit

As of 7 June 2022[19]
Players in bold are still active with Togo.

Competition recordsEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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
  1930 Part of   France Part of   France
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962 Did not enter Did not enter
  1966
  1970
  1974 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 4
  1978 4 1 1 2 3 5
  1982 2 1 0 1 2 2
  1986 Withdrew Withdrew
  1990
  1994 Did not qualify 5 0 0 5 2 11
  1998 8 2 2 4 9 16
    2002 10 3 4 3 13 13
  2006 Group stage 30th 3 0 0 3 1 6 Squad 12 8 2 2 22 9
  2010 Did not qualify 10 4 2 4 11 10
  2014 8 2 2 4 6 12
  2018 2 0 0 2 0 4
  2022 8 3 3 2 9 7
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 1/22 3 0 0 3 1 6 71 24 16 31 77 93

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
  1957 Part of   France
  1959
  1962 Not affiliated to CAF
  1963
  1965 Did not enter
  1968 Did not qualify
  1970
  1972 Group stage 7th 3 0 2 1 4 6 Squad
  1974 Withdrew
  1976 Did not qualify
  1978
  1980
  1982
  1984 Group stage 8th 3 0 1 2 1 7 Squad
  1986 Did not qualify
  1988
  1990 Withdrew
  1992 Did not qualify
  1994 Withdrew during qualifying
  1996 Did not qualify
  1998 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 3 3 Squad
    2000 10th 3 1 1 1 2 3 Squad
  2002 12th 3 0 2 1 0 3 Squad
  2004 Did not qualify
  2006 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 7 Squad
  2008 Did not qualify
  2010 Withdrew due to rebel attack
    2012 Did not qualify
  2013 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 4 4 Squad
  2015 Did not qualify
  2017 Group stage 16th 3 0 1 2 2 6 Squad
  2019 Did not qualify
  2021
  2023 To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 8/33 25 3 8 14 18 39

African Nations ChampionshipEdit

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

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA
  1965 Group stage 3 1 1 1 5 9
  1973 Withdrew
  1978
  1987 Did not qualify
1991–present See Togo national under-23 football team
Total 1/4 3 1 1 1 5 9

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