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FIFA has launched a probe after it emerged that a “completely fake” Togo national team played a match against Bahrain last week.
The chairman of Togo’s football federation, Seiyi Memene, denied any knowledge of a side representing his organisation playing a match at Bahrain’s National Stadium in Riffa last Tuesday.
He told AP: “We cannot send our players to play friendly matches abroad without the approval of FIFA. The players that took part in the friendly match against Bahrain were completely fake. We have not sent any team of footballers to Bahrain. The players are not known to us.”
Three days before the game in Bahrain, Togo lost an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Botswana, raising doubts emerged over the authenticity of the team in Bahrain. A federation official told local media that the game had been “sold” to the BFA by a “fake agent”.
In August, the Togolese government handed a two-year ban to Tchanile Bana, a member of the national team’s technical staff, for taking a group of players to Egypt without permission.
OTP wonders if the FA thought of disowning the England squad in South Africa this summer as a mob of imposters.