Does the Togo team even want to be at the World Cup? This is their first appearance and it seems they're doing everything they can to avoid actually playing futbol.
They weren't going to play if they didn't get payed something like $200K PER PERSON just to show up.
Then last Monday the coach quit.
Well, not really, he came back to the team the day before the match against Korea. Which they lost 1-2 after scoring the first goal of the game.
Then they weren't going to play if they didn't get payed something like $200K PER PERSON just to show up. Wait, did I already say that? Yeah, it's still an issue.
The coach didn't quit before their second match, today against Switzerland, but instead the team wasn't going to get on the bus to go to the stadium. Something about money. Again. Then FIFA pulled rank and said they'd better get their butts to the field, or else. I still need to read up what the "or else" entailed but I can bet it involved... money.
Then they lost 0-2 to Switzerland. The first half of the game was packed with excitement and plenty of hope. The second half was Boring. Togo has a star player, Adebayor, who is literally -everywhere- on the field. Commentators noted that he was great, but where was the rest of the team? I bet they could have done wonders (aside from making it to the World Cup) had they, oh I don't know, practiced?? Instead of sitting around threatening to not even show up?
Next match is Friday, against France. THAT should be fun. Not. I sure hope Togo wins or it might not be safe to be on the streets.