Togo coach Jean Paul Abalo has admitted that his side didn’t have any major goals for the WAFU competition, seeing it more as a chance to give his players experience. The Togolese were eliminated by Cote D'Ivoire on penalties after recording a 0-0 scoreline at the end of the final whistle. “Coming here we didn’t have any ambition to participate in the competition, but just to prepare our team for the next challenges coming our way,” Paul Abalo explained. “We regret the organisation of the tournament, because traveling for more than one hour to come and play just one game is not something that encourages the team.” Meanwhile Togo captain Maklibe Kouloun has described his team’s exit from the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations as ‘painful’. The Sparrow Hawks held Ivory Coast to a go
Cote d’Ivoire goalkeeper Jean Malick Ble Zadi proved to be a hero for the Elephants after saving two penalties and scoring one himself as they beat Togo 4-3 in a penalty shootout, after their Last 16 match at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations ended 0-0 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Tuesday, September 12. The Sparrow Hawks started the better of the two teams and created the first significant chance on goal in the sixth minute when Essis Beaudeleire Aka played Roland Zan Bi through on goal, but he saw his close range effort well-saved by the Ivorian keeper. Ten minutes later Togo’s Messan Degli created some space for himself 25-yards out from goal, but he saw his thunderbolt brilliantly saved by Jean Malick Ble Zadi. In the 22nd minute Messan Degli turned provider when his cros
Ghana Black Stars B team defeated their Togolese counterparts 2 1 in an International friendly game on Sunday. The locally based players beat the Togolese team in their own back yard to pick yet another win as they prepare for the upcoming CHAN qualify game against Burkina Faso. Frederick Lamptey of WAFA shot Ghana into thee lead in the first half but Issifou Bourhana came from the bench to level for the home side in the second half. Ghanaian forward Daniel Lomotey his side the lead once again few minutes to the end of the game. This win means the local national team is yet to lose a game after winning all their friendly games played so far.
Togolese international Emmanuel Adebayor is on the verge of signing for Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir. The club confirmed that the Ex Arsenal forward has completed a successful medical and is set the dotted lines. The Ex- Tottenham striker has been without a club since leaving English premiership side Crystal Palace at the end of last season. The former Spurs striker has played for Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid but is now heading to a new country in his career with Turkey. Adebayor registered just goal in 12 Premier League appearances for Crystal Palace last season. He represented Togo in the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon but failed to help his country to make an impact in the tournament. Togo were eliminated in the group stage with defending cha
Head Coach of the Ivorian National team Michel Dussuyer has left his job following his team's early elimination at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Elephants were knocked out of this year's tournament after losing 1 - 0 to Morocco. The Frenchman's decision to resign after 18 months in the job was announced by the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF). The Elephants failed to register a win in Gabon, after draws with Togo and DR Congo and the defeat to the Moroccans. The federation's statement praised Dussuyer's "professionalism, commitment and human quality", adding that "the appropriate measures will be put in place to find his successor".
Former Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been named in the final 23 man squad for the 2017 African Cup of Nations. The unattached forward leads his country as the experienced player for this years competition in Gabon. Adebayor, 32, a free agent since his contract expired with Crystal Palace last summer, will be making his fifth appearance at the tournament also veteran goalkeeper Kossi Agassa, 38, is another player currently without a club named in the squad for Gabon. Fulham midfielder Floyd Ayite was included as was another Europe-based forward Ihlas Bebou of German Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf. LeRoy, who guided Cameroon to the 1988 Nations Cup title and has only failed to reach the quarter-finals once, has also included three players from the domestic leagu
Accra Hearts of Oak are close to signing Togolese forward Abdul Yaro Nafiu as they seek to add more depth to the sqaud ahead of the new season. The player is believed to be close to signing the dotted lines for the Phobians in the coming days after reaching an agreement with them. Nafiu has been training with Hearts of Oak with the view of signing a deal after agreeing personal terms with the club. Hearts have already signed the likes of Malik Akowuah, Ben Mensah and Bright Lukeman and among others and are hoping Nafiu's inclusion will be great for them.