Nickname: The Sparrow Hawks
Association formed: 1960
Previous Afcon Appearances: 7 (1972, 1984, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2013)
Best result: Quarterfinals (2013)
Coach: Claude Le Roy
Leading scorers: all-time –Emmanuel Adebayor (30)
Most appearances: all-time –Emmanuel Adebayor (73)
FIFA ranking: 91 (23rd in CAF)
THE BIG QUESTION
This could probably be captain Emmanuel Adebayor’s last Afcon tournament, but can he be lucky to win the title to cement his status?
WHO ARE THEY?
The Togo national football team represents Togo in international association football and has done so since the 1960s. They made their first FIFA World Cup appearance in their history in 2006. Their team bus underwent a fatal attack in Angola prior to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. They withdrew and were subsequently banned from the following two tournaments by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). In 2013 for the first time in history, Togo reached the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
TOP THREE PLAYERS
Emmanuel Adebayor: Despite arguably losing his way at club level – Ade hasn’t played for anyone since being released by Crystal Palace during the summer – the former Arsenal forward can be an influential operator on his day and remains Togo’s talisman. However, how much can be expected from him considering his lack of recent match practice?
Floyd Ayite: The wideman has started to hit top form in the Championship since swapping France for Fulham during the summer, and recent performances – he scored four and contributed two assists in four appearances in December – bode well for the Sparrow Hawks.
Alaixys Romao: Perhaps now past his prime at 32, Romao remains capable of stamping his authority on a match – either as a defender or, more naturally, a central midfielder – and he offers the kind of experience and savvy that could prove vital when Togo are under the cosh against their testing opponents.
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
Along with Uganda, Togo advanced as one of the two best runners-up, having accrued 11 points from their six group-stage matches. They only pipped Benin and Ethiopia – both of whom also amassed 11 points – to the tournament due to a better goal difference, but deserve credit for a valuable 0-0 home draw with Tunisia in qualification … how valuable that point proved to be!
FULL 23-MAN SQUAD AFCON
GOALKEEPERS: Kossi Agassa (without club), Baba Tchagouni (FC Marmande, France), Cédric Mensah (Le Mans, France)
Serge Akakpo (Trabzonspor, Turkey), Sadate Ouro-Akoriko (Al Khaleej, Saudi Arabia), Djene Dakonam (Saint-Trond, Belgium), Gafar Mamah (Dacia, Moldovia), Maklibè Kouloun (Dyto, Togo), Hakim Ouro-Sama (AS Togo Port, Togo), Vincent Bossou (Young Africans,Tanzanie)
MIDFIELDERS: Alaixys Romao (Olympiacos, Grèce), Matthieu Dossevi (Standard Liège, Belgique), Floyd Ayité (Fulham, England), Henritsè Eninful (Doxa, Chypre), Lalawele Atakora (Helsingborgs, Sweden), Prince Segbefia (Goztepe, Turkey), Ihlas Bebou (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany), Franco Atchou (Dyto, Togo), Serge Gakpe (Genoa, Italy)
ATTACKERS: Emmanuel Adebayor (without club), Fo Doh Laba (Royal Club Berkane, Morocco), KOMLAN AGBENIADAN (WAFA SC, Ghana), Razak Boukari (Chateauroux, France)