After Niger’s 1-0 defeat against Togo on Sunday August 28 in Lomé, the Mena coach made serious remarks. The Togolese Football Federation (FTF) has therefore decided to resort to the continental body, CAF.
On August 28, 2022, at the Kégué stadium in Lomé, the Sparrowhawks beat the mena 1-0 in the first leg of the last qualifying round of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) Algeria 2023. A bitter defeat for Harouna Dougla, the boss of the visiting team.
According to the latter, the FTF would have manipulated the results of the PCR Covid-19 tests in order to exclude part of the workforce of the opposing team.
“At home, it is malaria that kills more than COVID… I am resentful (…) we will fight back in Cotonou, I warn you”, he suggests after the meeting ended in a short defeat.
Togo’s responses to the accusations
In front of the press, the day after the match, the FTF regrets that Mr. Doula made such remarks.
“This is not the first time that we have received national selections in our country. We did play high-stakes matches and it never crossed our minds to go see anyone to plot a blow against anyone. Maybe they are used to doing that at home, but unfortunately at home, we are not used to that, ”reframes Hervé Agbodan, the Secretary General of the FTF.
“It is still deplorable that you are told that part of your delegation or your players is contaminated with Covid-19. But since it is a disease, the first reaction is to take measures to protect the rest of the group, ”he insists.
Hervé Agbodan promises that a letter will be sent to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to complain about such accusations. “We are going to write to CAF to protest against this unfriendly gesture from a brother country… We are going to write to CAF to complain because the right to complain does not belong only to Nigeriens. We will provide the evidence to support what we are going to say and will transmit these statements to CAF,” added the Secretary General.
The Mena-Eperviers return match will take place on Saturday September 3 in Cotonou. Togo are therefore a march away from a new qualification for the CHAN final phase.