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Soccer News of Thursday, 8 November 2007

Source: Graphic Sports

Togo Join Four-Nation Tourney

The national team of Togo, The Hawks, have completed the list of teams lined for the four-nation tournament being organised by the Ghana Football Association to prepare the Black Stars for next year’s MTN African Cup of Nations.

Mr Randy Abbey, a member of the Ghana Football Executive Committee, yesterday confirmed this to the media at a short briefing on the tournament to be staged at the Ohene Djan Stadium from November 17 to 21.

Togo was a late replacement for The Sudan who pulled out of the tournament last week.

According to Mr Abbey, all three teams — United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Republic of Benin and Togo — have confirmed their participation and a contract has been forwarded to the Togo Football Association to make the agreement formal.

UAE, Togo and the Squirrels of Benin, who have qualified for the 2008 competition, and will join Ghana’s Black Stars to compete for honours in the Nations Cup warm-up event.

The confirmation of Togo, who failed to qualify for the Nations Cup in Ghana, ends the GFA’s challenge of getting a team to replace Guinea who pulled out after the Nations’ Cup draw.

Guinea pulled out after they were drawn in Group A with the hosts for Ghana 2008. The Sudan became an immediate replacement but later withdrew, forcing the organisers to look for a last-minute replacement for them.

Meanwhile, the Togo Under-17 are reportedly preparing feverishly for the international friendly against Ghana’s Black Starlets to open the refurbished Ohene Djan Stadium which will be commissioned by President J.A. Kufuor on Sunday.

The Starlets are also in camp preparing for the match which will round up their preparation for another international friendly against England’s Under-18 side in the United Kingdom on November 17.