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Togo team guide

A one-stop guide to all you need to know about Togo ahead of the 2006 World Cup.

Fixtures (Group G):

  • v South Korea - 13 June, 1400 BST, Frankfurt
  • v Switzerland - 19 June, 1400 BST, Dortmund
  • v France - 23 June, 2000 BST, Cologne

    How did they get to Germany: Entered qualifying as underdogs and overcame a poor start to finish top of their group, which included Senegal, Mali and Zambia.

    Emmanuel Adebayor
    Qualifying star: Emmanuel Adebayor was the top scorer in the African section of qualifying. He boasts very quick feet and is the scorer of some sublime goals.

    Manager: It is a fast-changing post so keep up. Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi took over after a home loss to Zambia in 2005 and led them to Germany. However, after a poor performance at the African Nations Cup, Keshi was replaced by German Otto Pfister. He quit on the second day of the World Cup and his assistant, Kodjovi Mawuena, is now in charge.

    Captain: Jean-Paul Abalo Dosseh is the veteran of the team and the backbone of their defence.

    Present star man: The 22-year-old Adebayor, who joined Arsenal from AS Monaco in the January transfer window, has the sort of pace and ability that could provide trouble for any defence.

    World Cup pedigree: This will be their first appearance in the finals. Togo has been one of the whipping boys in African football with a reputation for the occasional giant killing.

    Kossi Agassa
    Strengths: They have a very young and talented squad with plenty of pace up front. Goalkeeper Kossi Agassa is also highly rated, earning the nickname "Magic Hands".

    Weaknesses: Togo have been known to be very slow starters in games. While they were able to recover against African opponents in qualifying it will be harder to bounce back in Germany and the squad lack big-match experience.

    Did you know? Togo was a German colony until the First World War.

    World ranking: 61

    Odds: 500/1

    Local view: "People say they are only young boys with little exposure but that is not true as many of them play in Europe and alongside the world's leading players. They may spring a surprise - these players are the new generation of African soccer stars." Ebow Godwin, BBC World Service.

    Our verdict: Togo to go home early.

    Ranking and odds correct at 22 May. Odds supplied by William Hill.



  • 2006 WORLD CUP TEAM GUIDES
     

    SEE ALSO
    Pick your Togo XI
    16 May 06 |  Squad selectors
    Country profile: Togo
    24 Sep 05 |  Country profiles


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