Togo stars ruled out of Liberia clash
By By Sylvester Worwee
French-born Jonathan Ayité has been ruled out of Togo’s crucial Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Liberia at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia through injury concerns.
Jonathan sustained injury while playing for his club Alanyaspor against Adana Demirspor in Turkey and will not make the trip to Monrovia, the Togolese Football Federation has confirmed. His compatriot Joseph Douhadji of Rvers FC of Nigeria will be also absent. They have both been replaced by Ihlas barge of the German League-two club Fortuna Düsseldorf and Vincent Bossou of Young Africans of Tanzania.
Both Mathieu Dossévi, Togo hero against Zambia and Floyd Ayité of Ligue1 club Bastia have little chance of playing the June 5 match, Togo-Liberia for health reasons. Togo Captain Emmanuel Adebayo was also touched during Tuesday morning practice session.
Jonathan Ayité who turns 30 on July 10 scored Togo second goal against the ‘Residents of the Red Sea’ of Djibouti at the El Hadj Hassan Gouled Stadium in Djibouti City on September 4, 2015.
The Sparrow Hawks of Togo need to avoid defeat in Monrovia on June 5 leading to their last group match against point donor Djibouti in Lome in September, later this year.
Liberia tops Group A on nine points with Tunisia and Togo leveled on seven points in second and third-placed respectively. Only the groups’ winners and the two best second place teams will qualify for the finals to be stage in Gabon from the 14 January – February 5, 2017. In related news, Tunisia coach Henry Kasperczak 18-man squad departs Tunis today for Djibouti to face the ‘Residents of the Red Sea’ on Friday, June 3. The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia defeat Djibouti 8-1 in the first leg played in Tunis in June 2015.
Squad listing: Aymen Abdennour (Valence/Espagne), Marouène Sahraoui (RFC Seraing/Belgique), Bilel Mohsni (Paris FC/France), Ferjani Sassi (Metz/France), Zakaria Abidi (Lyon/France), Seifeddine Karoui (Tours/France), Lrry Azouni (Nîmes/France), Mohamed Methnani (Al Jaiech/Qatar), Anis Ben Hatira (Eintrach Francfort/Allemagne), Mohamed Gouida (Karlsruhe/Allemagne), Youssef Msakni (Lakhouya/Qatar), Hamdi Harbaoui (Lokeren/Belgique), Chawki Ben Saada (Troyes/France), Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland/Anlgeterre), Hazem Haj Hassen (Bordeaux/France), Anis Badri (Royal Excel Mouscron/France), Naim Sliti (Red Star FC/France), Aymen Ben Mohamed (Bohémian FC/Irlande).