Joseph Douhadji - Rivers United defender on Togo AFCON squad
Saturday Dec 24, 2016. 18:09
Rivers United defender Yaovi Joseph Douhadji has said he hopes to make Togo’s final squad to next month’s AFCON after he was named in a provisional listing.
Douhadji is one of seven defenders called up by Togo national team head coach, Claude Leroy.
The 22-year-old strongman now wants to go one better as he has now set his sights on making the final 23-man list for the tournament.
“To be named among the best 25 players in my country is an extremely important thing,” he said.
“Now, I want to focus on working hard try to get the nod of the coach to make the final list.
“To represent my country at the AFCON will be a thing of great pride and I want to work hard to see that it happens.”
Douhadju is the youngest amongst 25 players named in Leroy’s provisional squad.
Togo are in Group C of the 2017 AFCON alongside Cote d’Ivoire, DR Congo and Morocco.
Togo’s provisional AFCON squad:
Tchagouni (FC Marmande, France), Cédric Mensah (Le Mans, France), Kossi Agassa (clubless)
: Serge Akakpo (Trabzonspor, Turkey), Hakim Ouro -Sama (AS Togo Port, Dyto), Gafar Mamah (Dacia, Moldova), Vincent Bossou (Young Africans, Tanzania), Sadat Ouro-Akoriko (Al Khaleej, Saudi Arabia); Dakeneam (Saint-Trond, Belgium), Joseph Douhadji (Rivers United, Nigeria)
: Matthieu Dossevi (Standard Liège, Belgium), Serge Gakpe (Genoa, Italy), Ihlas Bebou (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany), Floyd Ayité (Fulham, England), Henriques Eninful (Doxa, Cyprus), Lalawele Atakora (Helsingborgs, Sweden), Prince Segbefia (Goztepe, Turkey), Alaixys Romao (Olympiacos, Greece), Franco Atchou (Dyto, Togo), Victor Nukafu (Entente II, Togo)
: Emmanuel Adebayor (clubless), Komlan Agbeniadan (WAFA, Ghana), Razak Boukari (Chateauroux, France), Fo Doh Laba (Berkane, Morocco)