FIFA Launch Investigation Into ‘Fake’ Togo Team

Chris Wright

15th, September 2010


By Chris Wright

FIFA have confirmed that they are investigating allegations that a ‘fake’ Togo team turned up to play in a friendly against Bahrain last Tuesday.

Bahrain eventually ran out 3-0 winners, but head coach Josef Hickersberger was left dumbstruck by the awful quality of his opponents – describing the encounter as ‘boring’ and ‘a waste of time’.

However, it now turns out that the team which turned up to play against Bahrain were not the official Togolese national side.

Togo sports minister Christophe Chao told Jeune Afrique;

“Nobody has ever been informed of such a game. We will conduct investigations to uncover all those involved in this case.”

According to the Gulf Daily News, Bahrain Football Association [BFA] vice-president Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa confirmed Bahrain went through all the correct channels in organising the match.

The publication went on to report a letter listed a 20-member Togo team, including each player’s passport number and date of birth was submitted to the BFA, but a completely different list of 18 players was provided by a team official a few minutes before the start of the match.

Shaikh Ali claims that the BFA received all of the necessary paperwork from the Togolese Football Federation and officially rubber-stamped it before the friendly took place.

(via The Telegraph)

God bless the good ship African football, and all who sail upon her.

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  1. David Plarto says:

    Let’s say it was a fake team, but who was the coach by that time, The Togoles national Team coach or what, i’m confused.

  2. QueerAsFuß says:

    I hate when you get a Togolese National Team for a friendly and it turns out to be one of those 1€ store Chinese knock-offs.

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