Emmanuel Adebayor Criticises Togolese Team After Disappointing World Cup Qualifier vs South Sudan

Emmanuel Adebayor Criticises Togolese Team After Disappointing World Cup Qualifier vs South Sudan

Ero Samson
updated at June 10, 2024 at 7:26 PM
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  • The Togolese national team were held to a disappointing draw in their 2026 FIFA qualification tie against South Sudan
  • The Sparrowhawks surged into the lead before conceding a lacklustre equaliser through an own goal by Roger Aholou
  • Former captain, Emmanuel Adebayor, has slammed the Togolese national team because of their recent poor run of results

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Emmanuel Adebayor was far from impressed after the Togolese national team were held to a draw by South Sudan in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification fixture.

The Sparrowhawks had surged into the lead on June 5 following a 61st-minute strike from Al Khaleej forward, Khaled Narey.

However, they were pegged back seven minutes later after a mistake from Raja Casablanca midfielder, Roger Aholou, resulted in an own goal, which levelled the tie for the South Sudanese.

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Emmanuel Adebayor has criticised the Togolese national team following their draw against South Sudan on June 5, 2024. Image: Issouf Sanogo.
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The draw on the night saw the West African nation's winless run extended to five games, according to data from Fotmob, with their last win coming in September 2023.

The result was particularly frustrating for Adebayor, given that Togo are ranked over 50 places higher than South Sudan in the latest FIFA rankings.

The 40-year-old took to social media to air his displeasure with his country's national team.

Adebayor slams Togolese team

In a video shared on social media by Ablama Gnamesso, the former Real Madrid striker was visibly angry as he lamented the underperformance of his national side.

"You can't even win against South Sudan. You tire us out. You're making us angry. I've had to reproach you in the past, and I was called jealous. But to be jealous of someone, the person must be ahead of you. Why would I envy you?" asked the former Arsenal star with irony.

The Sparrowhawks were given a chance to redeem themselves in their subsequent fixture against DR Congo on June 9. However, Paulo Duarte's side fell to a defeat against the Congolese team.

Togo currently lie fourth in their Group B standings, having lost three of their four fixtures in their quest to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

Togo's only appearance at the FIFA World Cup was in the 2006 edition in Germany when former Nigerian team coach, Stephen Keshi, led the West African nation to the tournament against all odds.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).