Togo coach apologises
Former Togo coach Bana Tchanile has apologised for taking a team of impostors masquerading as Togo internationals to play in a friendly against Bahrain, an act that saw him hit with a three-year ban.
Former national coach Tchanile was the man behind one of the most embarrassing episodes in the west African country's sporting history when he pitched up in the Bahraini capital of Manama for the September 7 match.
Bahrain won the game, a warm-up for the West Asian Football Federation Cham-pionship, 3-0, only for it to later emerge that they had beaten a bunch of fraudsters.
An inquiry was launched last Thursday into the affair by the Togolese football authorities who promptly banned Tchanile from all activities relating to football for a period of three years.
"I'm aware of the mistakes I've made," Tchanile said Tuesday. "I present my sincere apologies to the president of the republic, all the Togolese people and the president of the Bahrain Football Association.
"I've received a three-year ban. I'm obliged to accept it in a gesture of sportsmanship."