Togo names 21-man squad for Liberia Mission
By Sylvester Worwee
Togo national team coach Claude Leroy has called up 21 players for the 2017 Afcon Group A qualifier against Liberia slated for the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on June 5.
Leroy's men will play an international friendly with Zambia in Lome on May 27 before flying to Monrovia for the decisive match.
The squad, which is dominated by oversea-based players, also includes an unattached player Prince Segbefia.
The box-to-box midfielder made 22 appearances for Turkey second tier club Elazığspor last season.
Key players in the Togolese squad are Emmanuel Adebayor – attacker of English Premiership club Crystal, Serge Gakpe – also an attacker plays for Italy Serie A club Atalanta. The former AS Monaco player is currently on loan to Genoa.
Others are Floyd Ayité, midfielder for French Ligue 1 club, Bastia and Serge Akakpo who plays in defense for Trabzonspor in the Turkish top flight.
The Sparrow Hawks need to avoid defeat in Monrovia on June 5, if they are to keep their qualification berth for Gabon alive.
Togo sits third in Group A but leveled with Tunisia on seven points, that’s two points at drift of table topper Liberia, seated on nine points.
The Frenchman last group match is at home to Djibouti-without a point after four rounds of matches on the weekend of September 2-3.
Only the top team in each group and the two best second-placed teams will be guaranteed a place in the final to be staged in Gabon from 14 January to February 5, 2017.
Kossi Agassa (Reims, France)
Cédric Mensah (Colmar, France)
Baba Tchagouni (FC Marmande, France)
Serge Akakpo (Trabzonspor, Turkey)
Gafar Mamah (Dacia, Moldavia)
Kokou Donou (Rangers, Nigeria)
Joseph Douhadji (Rivers, Nigeria)
Sadate Ouro-Akoriko (Al Faysaly, Saudi Arabia)
Djene Dakonam (Alcorcon, Spain)
Prince Segbefia (sans club)
Alaixys Romao (OM, France)
Henritsè Eninful (Doxa, Cyprus)
Dove Wome (SuperSport, South Africa)
Kossivi Nouwoklo (ASEC, Ivory Coast)
Floyd Ayité (Bastia, France)
Lalawele Atakora (Helsingborgs, Sweden)
Mathieu Dossevi (Standard Liège, Belgium)
Emmanuel Adebayor (Crystal Palace, England)
Camaldine Abraw (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)
Jonathan Ayité (Alanyaspor, Turkey)
Serge Gakpe (Atalanta Bergame, Italy)