Upset Kossi Agassa could miss DR Congo clash, says Togo coach

Upset Kossi Agassa could miss DR Congo clash, says Togo coach
Togo goalkeeper Kossi Agassa dejected during the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations football match between Ivory Coast and Togo at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa, on January 22, 2013©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jan 24, 2017. 10:00

Togo's first-choice goalkeeper Kossi Agassa could miss their final 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group C game on Tuesday.

The Sparrow Hawks are scheduled to take on Group C leaders Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the Stade de Port-Gentil in Gabon.

Veteran shot-stopper Agassa's house in Togo's capital city, Lome, was attacked by fans who were blaming him for the Sparrow Hawks' 3-1 defeat to Morocco on Friday.

The fans reportedly vandalised the 38-year-old goal-minder's house. Agassa conceded two goals from free-kicks and a long range shot against Morocco.

Togo head coach Claude Le Roy has revealed that his number one keeper is considering not playing in their all-important game against the DR Congo.

"He was really affected when he heard the news. Whether he wants to play or not, I will respect his decision," Le Roy said on BBC.

"Agassa does not deserve such treatment. We are all supporting him because, after all, football is a game.

"He is very upset and it has had an impact on the morale of the whole team, I think it has scarred him too much psychologically," he continued.

"His mum has so far found it difficult to talk about it, it was so stressful and a cause of panic for her. I really doubt he will be able to play a third match.

"The solidarity of the team is such that we will find calmer waters and not let ourselves be affected by a small minority in what is a country of peace."

Fourth-placed Togo will advance to the quarter-finals if they beat DR Congo and other result between Morocco, and Ivory Coast go their way.

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