21 Sep 2010

Togo coach fields fake national team

6:16 am on 21 September 2010

An assistant coach of Togo's football team has been suspended for three years for taking a team of imposters, masquerading as the national side, to play a match in Bahrain.

Togo's sports federation said last week it had no knowledge of a friendly that took place between a team representing itself as Togo's national side and Bahrain on Sept. 7.

In a subsequent statement The National Federation has said the trip was organised by assistant coach Tchanile Bana who'd already been suspended for two years for organising an unauthorised match in Egypt in July.

It was Togo's national team which was attacked by gunmen in January on its way to the African Nations Cup in Angola, and three people were killed.