4th September 2016
Stade de Kegue, Lome, Togo
Togo 5-0 Djibouti
Djibouti rounded off their African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a lacklustre 5-0 defeat in Togo, thus ensuring they finished with no points from their six games.
This handsome victory was also enough to push Togo into one of the best runners-up slots that secured them a place at next year’s finals. Tunisia hammered Liberia 4-1 to grab the automatic qualifying place for winning the group.
But such lofty ambitions are far from the thoughts of the Riverains de la Mer Rouge who are the only current Worst in the World nation to have had regular action over the last 12 months. Sadly this latest defeat is just one more to add to the lengthy list of defeat; a run which now stands at a thoroughly depressing 20 losses in a row.
The last time Djibouti has even a modicum of success was a 1-1 friendly draw with Sudan in January 2009, and their last win dates back to November 2007 (1-0 over Somalia). On a brighter note, this is only the seventh defeat in a row since they dropped to the bottom of the world rankings late last year. But having played far more frequently than any of their fellow basement dwellers, it is particularly disappointing that Djibouti have been unable to snaffle a result to secure a rise up the rankings.
This latest defeat was inevitable as soon as Vincent Bossou, a defender currently plying his trade in Vietnam, gave Togo the lead midway through the first half. By half-time it was 2-0, with Togo’s third following shortly after the break.
Djibouti did then manage to hold their vastly superior opponents for most of the rest of the match, only to concede two very late goals, giving the scoreline a worse, but more realistic, look.
The goals can be viewed here:
Or for the more sadistic, extended highlights can be seen here:
Final Group One Standings:
There is the potential prospect of more football for Djibouti later this year, with the CECAFA Cup currently scheduled for November 2016 in Kenya. I say “currently scheduled” since this is a tournament that has been known to simply not happen from time to time, or to just materialise at a moment’s notice, as with last year’s edition.
Assuming it goes ahead, not only could Djibouti be involved, but also Somalia and possibly Eritrea, though they were barred from taking part last year. Should all three compete, there is even the prospect of only a second-ever clash between two current worst in the world teams which would of course guarantee at least one of them some ranking points. Until any details are confirmed, however, we can only dream.