WC 2006: Hey, you want to coach a World Cup team? - UPDATED
by Bob Timmermann
If you are interested, contact the Togolese Football Federation as soon as you can because Togo has no coach right now. And their first match is Tuesday against Korea.
The teams's original coach (or manager depending upon which style of English you prefer), Otto Pfister, walked out on the team Saturday in a dispute with the federation over paying the players bonuses. Namely, they weren't paying them. The players responded to this by not practicing.
So, in the interim, Togo tabbed Mawuena Kodjovi to coach the team. Except he doesn't have much coaching experience, especially at this level. So ... the Togolese have asked German Winfried Schaefer if he can take over the job. But the negotiations weren't complete although the president of the Federation, Rock Gnassingbe, seemed hopeful of a solution.
Togo was a surprise qualifier for the World Cup and had never come close to qualifying before and almost lost in the preliminary rounds of qualifying in Africa when they dropped a match to Equatorial Guinea.
Update - Pfister has agreed to come back. There goes my dream of coaching the Togolese team. Now I'm setting my alarm clock to watch their 6 am match tomorrow against Korea!