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banner Friday, 28 January, 2000, 14:57 GMT
Togo's coach quits

A bad week for Togo who have lost to Ghana and lost their coach


Togo's coach, the German Gottlieb Goeller, has quit the team which he has led to four Cup of Nations finals.

Goeller blamed the "lack of organisation" of the Togolese Football Federation, which he said had hampered Togo's training for the current African Cup of Nations tournament.

He is also reported to have demanded salary arrears totalling 10 million CFA francs ($15,000).

Togo lost to Ghana 2-0 on Thursday night, but according to the AFP news agency the coach was not present at the game.


If the officials don't like my comments, then I will go somewhere else. Togo will lose but they will remember Goeller.
Grottlieb Goeller


"In Togo, they have killed my desire," Goeller told the Reuters news agency before his decision to quit, after a row with his football federation officials.

"This morning I was fighting with my [football federation] president, who is the son of the (country's) president. He does nothing, he has no idea of what the players must have," the 54-year-old said.

"I asked where are the vitamins and the minerals, where are the carbohydrate drinks? They said 'Oh, we forgot' and I become mad because we have only a few days for recovery between games."

Togo made a good start to the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Ivory Coast, but after their defeat against Ghana now face an uphill struggle to qualify.

They have never gone beyond the first round in their four previous finals.

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