Togo, led by star striker Emmanuel Adebayor, faces an uphill task to qualify for the finals of the World Cup in South Africa next year. After an impressive start, the team is now lagging in third place in Africa's Group A, behind Caemroon and Gabon. The Togolese know they must now beat both teams if they are to stand a chance.
Adebayor still fancies his team's chances, though he know the odds are against them ahead of their trip to Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon: “We messed up. We lacked concentration after the Cameroon victory [1-0] and played two poor matches”. But, he added, Togo is always better when least expected.
The Manchester City striker cast doubt on the wisdom of sacking Belgian coach Jean Thissen seven months into the job. At this stage of the qualifiers, he said, changing coach could hardly be a smart choice.