Togo’s surprise qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ was the first in the west African nation’s history. They were unable to repeat the feat four years later, however, finishing third in their qualifying group for South Africa 2010.
FIFA World Cup finals history
Togo made their FIFA World Cup bow in Germany in 2006. Despite losing all three matches in a group that featured Korea Republic, France and Switzerland, the Sparrowhawks more than held their own on the pitch. Indeed, they even opened the scoring against Korea Republic in their first match, but were unable to hold onto the lead and eventually fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat.
The current crop
After the devastating attack on their team bus ahead of the 2010 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, the Sparrowhawks moved forward again as proved by their encouraging performances in the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa where they reached quarter final. With inspirational forward Emmanuel Adebayor back in the fold after coming out of international retirement, Togo recaptured the form that took them all the way to the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany.
The key players
Towering forward Adebayor has the ability to win matches all on his own, while the quartet of Alaixys Romao, Moustapha Salifou, Dare Nimombe and Abdoul Mamah Gafar bring a wealth of experience to the Togolese side. First-choice goalkeeper Kossi Agassa was a key member of the Togo squad that travelled to Germany in 2006.
Coach: Didier Six
Best performance in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 (Group stages)
Former stars: Edmond Apeti, Frank Fiawoo, Denke Kossi Wazo