Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Togo’s arrangements for the Cup of Nations couldn’t have been more inauspicious; preparations almost ran counter-intuitive to the name of the country, for the heart and soul of the team did not want To-Go anywhere.
Indeed, not only was there an overplayed will-he-go-won’t-he-go-to-Afcon stand-off between Emmanuel Adebayor and the Togolese FA over payments and security, the Tottenham striker was allied by key players Alaixys Romao and goalkeeper Kossi ‘Magic Hands’ Agassa. All three were on the team bus when it was horrifically attacked by Angolan rebels in Cabinda, one of the three killed including the press officer and principal confidant of Adebayor, Stan Ocloo. Given the lack of tact CAF showed to ban Togo for a year after their withdrawal from the 2010 tournament, you could have forgiven the Togolese players for not turning up at all.