FIFA INVESTIGATES 'FAKE' TOGO TEAM
FIFA is investigating allegations that a fake Togo team played a friendly against Bahrain earlier this month.Bahrain won the friendly 3-0 but they were surprised by the poor quality of the Togolese team with head coach Josef Hickersberger describing the match in Riffa on September 7 as 'boring' and 'a wasted opportunity'.
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, BFA vice-president Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa confirmed Bahrain went through all the correct channels in organising the match.
Shaikh Ali added all the paperwork received before the friendly were officially signed and stamped from the Togolese Football Federation.
The publication went on to report a letter listed a 20-member Togo team, including each player's passport number and date of birth.