Togo To Play Memorial Match In Honour Of Keshi


Players from the 2006 Togolese national team will face off against the 2016 side in a memorial match in honour of the country’s former coach, Stephen Keshi.

Keshi led the Togolese national team to its first and only World cup appearance in the 2006 World Cup in Germany but was sacked before the start of the tournament. Emmanuel Adebayor, who was part of that squad, will lead his team-mates to face the current Hawks on Sunday at the Stade Municipal in Lome.

According to the president of Association des Journalistes Sportifs du Togo (AJST), Aime Ekpe, the game is between players of the team that Stephen Keshi qualified for the 2006 World Cup like Emmanuel Adebayor and the present generation of the national team. No tickets will be sold for the game, as gates will be thrown open for fans, he added.

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Togolese 2006 national team
Togolese 2006 national team

Ekpe also revealed that there are talks with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to stage a commemorative international match in honour of Keshi, which would either be played in Lome or in Lagos.

Keshi who died on Wednesday June 8 at the age of 54, goes down in history as the only African coach to have qualified two African teams to the World Cup, Togo in 2006 and Nigeria in 2014. He is also the only African coach to have steered a team to the Second Round of the FIFA World Cup, with Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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He was also one of  the two men to win the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and a coach. As a player, he was part of the Super Eagles team that won the Nations Cup in 1994 and narrowly missed out on a World Cup quarter-final place the same year.