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Togo
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Éperviers
(The Sparrowhawks)
Association Togolese Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Paulo Duarte
Captain Djené Dakonam
Most caps Abdoul-Gafar Mamah (93)
Top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor (32)
Home stadium Stade de Kégué
FIFA code TOG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 122 Increase 1 (7 February 2019)
Highest 46 (August 2006)
Lowest 133 (April 2021)
Elo ranking
Current 114 Decrease 3 (3 March 2019)
Highest 56 (November 2005, January 2006)
Lowest 128 (4 September 1994)
First international
France French Togoland 1–1 Gold Coast and Trans-Volta Togoland 
(French Togoland; 13 October 1956)
Biggest win
 Togo 6–0 Swaziland 
(Accra, Ghana; 11 November 2008)
 Togo 6–0 Mauritius 
(Lomé, Togo; 12 November 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Morocco 7–0 Togo 
(Morocco; 28 October 1979)
 Tunisia 7–0 Togo 
(Tunis, Tunisia; 7 January 2000)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2006)
Best result Group stage, 2006
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 8 (first in 1972)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2013
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Members of the Togolese national football team before a warm-up match in Biberach/Riss a few days before the 2006 World Cup

The Togo national football team (French: Équipe nationale de football du Togo) represents Togo in international football and is controlled by the Togolese Football Federation. The national football team of Togo made their debut in the FIFA World Cup 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. The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

History

They made their first FIFA World Cup appearance in their history in 2006, having been coached throughout the qualifying campaign by Stephen Keshi; German coach Otto Pfister managed the team at the finals, despite having resigned three days before their first match over a players' bonuses dispute, only to be persuaded by the players to return. Prior to gaining independence in 1960, the team were known as French Togoland.

2006 World Cup

Togo lost their opening game of the World Cup, despite having taken the lead against South Korea through a goal by Mohamed Kader. In the second half, Jean-Paul Abalo was sent off after 55 minutes, and goals from Lee Chun-Soo and Ahn Jung-Hwan sealed a 2–1 defeat for Togo.

Togo's next opponents in Group G were Switzerland, with the match scheduled for the afternoon of 19 June. However, the Togo squad and manager Pfister threatened to refuse to fulfill the fixture and take strike action. The squad and manager had been quoted as requesting payments from the Togolese Football Federation for participating in the tournament of around 155,000 (US$192,000) with added bonuses for victories or draws. FIFA negotiated with the squad and manager on 17 June, persuading them to travel to Dortmund in time to fulfill the fixture; goals from Alexander Frei and Tranquillo Barnetta resulted in a 2–0 defeat. FIFA subsequently imposed a CHF100,000 fine on the Togolese federation for "behaviour unworthy of a participant in the World Cup."

Togo's final group game against France ended in 2–0 defeat.

Sierra Leone air disaster

After a 2008 African Nations Cup qualifier away to Sierra Leone on 3 June 2007, 20 members of a delegation of sports officials from Togo, including Togolese Sports Minister Richard Attipoe, were killed when their helicopter exploded and crashed at Lungi International Airport. No players of the Togo national team were among the victims. The Togo players and officials of the team had been waiting to take the next helicopter flight to the island on which the airport is located.

2010 bus ambush and ban

On 8 January 2010, the Togo team bus was attacked by gunmen as it travelled to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, killing three and injuring several others. The separatist group Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC) claimed responsibility for the attack. Goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale was reported dead a day after the attack. Such reports were later dismissed by his club GSI Pontivy in a press announcement, stating the player was actually undergoing surgery in South Africa.

Following the bus ambush attack, the Togolese Football Federation stated that they would withdraw from the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations; despite claims that the team had since reversed the decision and would compete "to show our national colours, our values and that we are men" (as announced by Thomas Dossevi), the government later ordered that the team return home.

Following the team's withdrawal, The Confederation of African Football (CAF) banned Togo from participating in the next two editions of the Cup of Nations and fined them US$50,000 because of the "decision taken by the political authorities". The CAF executive Committee considered that the Togolese team was in "forfeit notified less than twenty days before the start or during the final competition" (Art. 78 of the Regulations for the Africa Cup of Nations), rather than having withdrawn (Art. 80), and refused to consider the circumstances as force majeure (Art. 87). Togo's government immediately said they would sue as CAF "have no consideration for the lives of other human beings" and this is further "insulting to the family of those who lost their lives and those traumatized because of the attack". FIFA has yet to comment on the issue. Togo footballer Thomas Dossevi said "We are a group of footballers who came under fire and now we can't play football any more. They are crushing us". Togolese captain Emmanuel Adebayor described the decision as "outrageous" and said that CAF President Issa Hayatou had "completely betrayed" the Togo squad.

As a result of the events, Emmanuel Adebayor announced his retirement from international football on 12 April 2010. But on 22 March 2011 Adebayor announced that he was again available for the national team.

Fake Togo Team

On 7 September 2010, Togo allegedly played Bahrain in a friendly losing the match 3–0. However, on 14 September, the Togo FA claimed that a fake team had played against Bahrain. Togo's Sport Minister Christophe Tchao said to the Jeune Afrique magazine that nobody in Togo had "ever been informed of such a game". On 20 September 2010, it was revealed that former Togo manager Bana Tchanilé was the culprit and the Togo FA have given him a three-year ban in addition to the two-year ban he got in July 2010 for taking Togo players to play a tournament in Egypt. The match fixing has been linked to Wilson Raj Perumal and the Singaporean match-fixing syndicate allegedly run by Tan Seet Eng.

2014 World Cup Qualification

Togo began qualification for the 2014 World Cup on November 11, 2011, against Guinea-Bissau. They drew in the first leg 1–1. On November 15, 2011, they won the return leg 1–0. On June 3, 2012, they played Libya in Lome and drew 1–1. Shortly after on June 10, they played Congo DR at Kinshasa and lost 2–0. They resumed on March 3, 2013, and played Cameroon in Yaounde and lost 2–1. They met again on June 9 in Lome and Togo won 2–0. In the end, Togo failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Results and fixtures

      Win       Draw       Loss

2021

2022

2023

Coaches

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Boško Antić (1987–1989)
  • Germany Eberhard Vogel (1997–1998)
  • Togo Bana Tchanile (2000–2002)
  • Italy Diego Garzitto (2002)
  • Brazil Antônio Dumas (2002–2004)
  • Nigeria Stephen Keshi (2004–2006)
  • Germany Otto Pfister (2006)
  • Nigeria Stephen Keshi (2006–2008)
  • Algeria Henri Stambouli (2008)
  • Togo Kodjovi Mawuéna (2008–2009)
  • Belgium Jean Thissen (2009)
  • France Hubert Velud (2009–2010)
  • France Thierry Froger (2010–2011)
  • Nigeria Stephen Keshi (2011)
  • France Didier Six (2011)
  • France Didier Six (2012–2014)
  • Togo Tchakala Tchanilé (2014–2015)
  • Belgium Tom Saintfiet (2015–2016)
  • France Claude Le Roy (2016–2021)
  • Togo Jonas Komla (2021)
  • Portugal Paulo Duarte (2021–present)

Players

Current squad

  • The following players were called up for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches.
  • Match dates: 3 and 7 June 2022
  • Opposition:  Eswatini and  Cape Verde
  • Caps and goals correct as of: 7 June 2022, after the match against  Cape Verde.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Malcolm Barcola (1999-05-14) 14 May 1999 (age 24) 18 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Tuzla City
1GK Steven Mensah (2003-03-22) 22 March 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Germany Hamburger SV
1GK Youssouf Morou (2000-12-31) 31 December 2000 (age 23) 0 0 Togo Dynamic Togolais

2DF Klousseh Agbozo (1994-06-26) 26 June 1994 (age 29) 14 0 Libya Al Ahli (Tripoli)
2DF Frederic Ananou (1997-09-20) 20 September 1997 (age 26) 2 0 Germany Hansa Rostock
2DF Youssifou Atté (1996-05-16) 16 May 1996 (age 27) 12 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
2DF Nadir Ayéva (2001-09-05) 5 September 2001 (age 22) 0 0 Sweden Örebro SK
2DF Loïc Bessilé (1999-02-19) 19 February 1999 (age 25) 4 0 Belgium Charleroi
2DF Kennedy Boateng (1996-11-19) 19 November 1996 (age 27) 4 0 Portugal Santa Clara
2DF Dakonam Djené (1991-12-31) 31 December 1991 (age 32) 69 0 Spain Getafe
2DF Emmanuel Hackman (1995-05-14) 14 May 1995 (age 28) 4 0 Portugal Gil Vicente
2DF Steven Nador (2002-06-23) 23 June 2002 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Montevarchi Aquila

3MF Gnama Akaté (1991-11-25) 25 November 1991 (age 32) 14 1 Iraq Al-Naft
3MF Samuel Asamoah (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 29) 3 0 Romania FC U Craiova
3MF Franco Atchou (1995-12-03) 3 December 1995 (age 28) 29 1 Iraq Erbil
3MF Karim Dermane (2003-12-26) 26 December 2003 (age 20) 2 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
3MF Richard Nane (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 (age 29) 14 4 Guinea Hafia
3MF Samsondin Ouro (2000-03-02) 2 March 2000 (age 24) 3 0 Slovenia Mura
3MF Alaixys Romao (1984-01-18) 18 January 1984 (age 40) 77 0 Greece Ionikos
3MF Marouf Tchakei (1995-12-15) 15 December 1995 (age 28) 24 2 Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita

4FW Floyd Ayité (1988-12-15) 15 December 1988 (age 35) 48 11 France Valenciennes
4FW Kévin Denkey (2000-11-30) 30 November 2000 (age 23) 22 2 Belgium Cercle Brugge
4FW David Henen (1996-04-19) 19 April 1996 (age 27) 11 0 Belgium Kortrijk
4FW Thibault Klidjé (2001-07-10) 10 July 2001 (age 22) 6 0 Switzerland Luzern
4FW Kodjo Laba (1992-01-27) 27 January 1992 (age 32) 41 17 United Arab Emirates Al Ain
4FW Serge Nyuiadzi (1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 32) 6 0 Kazakhstan Ordabasy
4FW Euloge Placca (1994-12-31) 31 December 1994 (age 29) 27 8 Belarus Shakhtyor Soligorsk

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for Togo in the last 12 months.


Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Vigninou Agbagla (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 29) 0 0 Togo ASKO Kara vs.  Namibia, 15 November 2021
GK Wassiou Ouro-Gneni (1997-02-14) 14 February 1997 (age 27) 0 0 Togo AS Douanes vs.  Namibia, 15 November 2021
GK Abdoul Moubarak Aïgba (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 26) 7 0 Kenya Sofapaka vs.  Congo, 12 October 2021

DF Kangnivi Ama Tchoutchoui (1994-05-28) 28 May 1994 (age 29) 8 0 Mauritania Nouadhibou v.  Benin, 29 March 2022
DF Bilal Moussa (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 27) 6 0 Togo Togo-Port vs.  Namibia, 15 November 2021
DF Gustave Akueson (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 28) 2 0 France Versailles vs.  Namibia, 15 November 2021
DF Abdoul-Halimou Sama (2002-07-28) 28 July 2002 (age 21) 2 0 Togo ASKO Kara vs.  Congo, 12 October 2021

MF Roger Aholou (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 30) 3 0 Morocco Raja CA vs.  Namibia, 15 November 2021
MF Henri Eninful (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 31) 11 1 Belgium URSL Visé vs.  Namibia, 5 September 2021
MF Kossivi Amédédjisso (2001-12-31) 31 December 2001 (age 22) 1 0 Germany RB Leipzig vs.  Namibia, 5 September 2021
MF Mani Ougadja (1988-01-31) 31 January 1988 (age 36) 1 0 Togo Kara vs.  Namibia, 5 September 2021

FW Guillaume Yenoussi (1997-07-02) 2 July 1997 (age 26) 7 0 France Chambly v.  Benin, 29 March 2022
FW Justin Yeré (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 (age 26) 1 0 Togo Dynamic Togolais v.  Benin, 29 March 2022
FW Ihlas Bebou (1994-04-23) 23 April 1994 (age 29) 27 1 Germany TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs.  Namibia, 15 November 2021
FW Elom Nya-Vedji (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 26) 9 2 Montenegro Grbalj vs.  Namibia, 15 November 2021
FW Ismaïl Ouro-Agoro (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 28) 8 0 Ethiopia Saint George vs.  Namibia, 15 November 2021
FW Gilles Sunu (1991-03-30) 30 March 1991 (age 32) 12 2 France Châteauroux vs.  Namibia, 5 September 2021

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

Records

Players in bold are still active with Togo.

Competition records

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Part of  France Part of  France
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Did not enter Did not enter
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 4
Argentina 1978 4 1 1 2 3 5
Spain 1982 2 1 0 1 2 2
Mexico 1986 Withdrew Withdrew
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Did not qualify 5 0 0 5 2 11
France 1998 8 2 2 4 9 16
South Korea Japan 2002 10 3 4 3 13 13
Germany 2006 Group stage 30th 3 0 0 3 1 6 Squad 12 8 2 2 22 9
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 10 4 2 4 11 10
Brazil 2014 8 2 2 4 6 12
Russia 2018 2 0 0 2 0 4
Qatar 2022 8 3 3 2 9 7
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 1/22 3 0 0 3 1 6 71 24 16 31 77 93

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Agassa
Abalo (c)
Nibombé
Tchangai
Amevou
Romao
Sènaya
Salifou
Kader
Touré
2006 FIFA World Cup starting lineup

Africa Cup of Nations

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad
Sudan 1957 Part of  France
Egypt 1959
Ethiopia 1962 Not affiliated to CAF
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter
Ethiopia 1968 Did not qualify
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972 Group stage 7th 3 0 2 1 4 6 Squad
Egypt 1974 Withdrew
Ethiopia 1976 Did not qualify
Ghana 1978
Nigeria 1980
Libya 1982
Ivory Coast 1984 Group stage 8th 3 0 1 2 1 7 Squad
Egypt 1986 Did not qualify
Morocco 1988
Algeria 1990 Withdrew
Senegal 1992 Did not qualify
Tunisia 1994 Withdrew during qualifying
South Africa 1996 Did not qualify
Burkina Faso 1998 Group stage 12th 3 1 0 2 3 3 Squad
Ghana Nigeria 2000 10th 3 1 1 1 2 3 Squad
Mali 2002 12th 3 0 2 1 0 3 Squad
Tunisia 2004 Did not qualify
Egypt 2006 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 2 7 Squad
Ghana 2008 Did not qualify
Angola 2010 Withdrew due to rebel attack
Equatorial Guinea Gabon 2012 Did not qualify
South Africa 2013 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 4 4 Squad
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Gabon 2017 Group stage 16th 3 0 1 2 2 6 Squad
Egypt 2019 Did not qualify
Cameroon 2021
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 8/33 25 3 8 14 18 39

African Nations Championship

African Nations Championship record
Appearances: 1
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Did not qualify
Sudan 2011
South Africa 2014
Rwanda 2016
Morocco 2018
Cameroon 2020 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 5
Algeria 2022 Did not qualify
Total Group stage 1/7 3 1 0 2 4 5

African Games

African Games record
Year Result M W D L GF GA
 Republic of the Congo 1965 Group stage 3 1 1 1 5 9
 Kenya 1987 Did not qualify
Total 1/4 3 1 1 1 5 9

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