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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 June, 2004, 10:47 GMT 11:47 UK
Togo drop Brazilians
By Kennedy Gondwe
BBC Sport, Lusaka

Togo's Nigerian coach Steven Keshi
Keshi says the Brazilians must prove themselves

Togo's coach Steven Keshi says he knows "nothing" about the five Brazilians who have played for the Hawks in the past.

Four of the naturalised players - Alessandro Faria, Jesus Fabio de Oliveira, Christiano Parreira and Jefferson de Souza were all key members of the squad last year.

But the quartet has been left out of his squad for the World Cup qualifier against Zambia on Saturday.

"None of them is part of my programme. I don't even know them, I don't know their names," Keshi told BBC Sport in Lusaka on Thursday.

"I'm not discriminating against them because they're from Brazil. I may call them later because they have Togolese passports."

The former Nigerian captain said Togo's Brazilians will be given "every opportunity to prove themselves in the future."

The players were spotted by Togo's former Brazilian coach Antonio Dumas who managed to convince the players to change nationality.

Looking ahead to the weekend's clash against Zambia, Keshi said his friendship with the home's team technical director Kalusha Bwalya "will be put to one side" on Saturday.

"When it comes to football, there will be no smile on my face for Kalusha because that's my job," he said.


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