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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 May 2006, 04:53 GMT 05:53 UK
Arsenal's Adebayor in Togo squad

Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor
Adebayor was the top scorer in the African qualifying section
Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been named in Togo coach Otto Pfister's squad for the 2006 World Cup.

Highly-rated goalkeeper Kossi Agassa and veteran captain Abalo Dosseh have also been picked by Pfister.

Togo are playing in the World Cup finals for the first time and will face South Korea, Switzerland and France in the group phase.

The West Africans were the first of the 31 visiting teams to arrive in Germany, touching down on Monday.

Pfister, whose team were beaten 1-0 on Sunday by Saudia Arabia in a friendly, was honest about his team's chances at the tournament.

"We're obviously underdogs," Pfister said of his World Cup debutants after being welcomed by German organising committee officials as well as leaders from the local state government.

"But I think we can achieve a thing or two at the World Cup. All our preparations are aimed at the first match against South Korea. If we can win that, every match after that will be like a final for us."

The World Cup debutants were given a police motorcycle escort to their training base in Wangen.

"My heart is beating for both Togo and Germany - hopefully they'll both make it to the final," said Wangen mayor Michael Lang.


Goalkeepers: Kossi Agassa (Metz, France), Nimini Tchagnirou (Djoliba, Mali), Kodjovi Dodji Obilale (Etoile Filante)

Defenders: Yaovi Dosseh Abalo (Apoel, Cyprus), Dare Nibombe (Mons, Belgium), Ludovic Assemoassa (Clermont, France), Karim Guede (Hamburg, Germany), Toure Assimiou (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Richmond Forson (J.A. Poire, France), Massamesso Tchangai (Benevento, Italy), Kuami Agboh (Beveren, Belgium), Eric Akoto (Admira Walker, Austria), Afo Erassa (Clermont, France)

Midfielders: Kaka Aziawonou (Youngs Boys, Switzerland), Cherif Toure Mamam (Metz, France), Thomas Dossevi (Valencien, France), Alexis Romao (CS Louhans Cuiseaux, France), Adekambi Olufade (Al Siliyah, Qatar), Yao Junior Senaya (YF Juventus, Switzerland)

Forwards: Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal, England), Robert Malm (Brest, France), Abdel-Kader Cougbadja (Guingamp, France), Moustapha Salifou (Brest, France)



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