Last week, Bahrain hosted Togo in a friendly, beating them 3-0. Then Togo's soccer federation said they hadn't actually sent their national team, and they didn't know who Bahrain had just played.
Earlier this month, Togo withdrew from the Africa Cup of Nations when Angolan separatists attacked its team bus with machine guns, killing two delegation members. You would think the African Football Confederation would have sympathy. You would be wrong.
Ah, France. The French might have won the whole business two World Cups ago, but right now, they're looking like they could be in serious trouble. They need a win here, obviously, and then they have to either win convincingly or hope the Switzerland-Korea game doesn't end up in a draw. That's what happens when you…
So you know, folks: Togo is not out of this yet. You think you can count on Togo, but you can't: You just can't.
As you would probably expect, it's not good when your coach leaves the team immediately before the biggest three matches of your life. Of course, it's also not good when your team is Togo, so there's that.
On Thursday, Togo's chief voodoo priest predicted that Togo's World Cup team would win the entire tournament, which is exceedingly unlikely. I think he had his signals confused a little bit, but hey, he was close. Miss Togo did win the Miss World Cup pagent.
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