Newly appointed Togo coach Claude Le Roy has told Africanews that he is ready to deliver something special, adding that his players are also eyeing great achievements in 2017, even though his greater target is the AFCON 2019 tournament in Cameroon.
“My target is AFCON 2019. But I will be very happy to achieve something in 2017,” Le Roy said on Football Planet.
Asked about Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor, the Togolese boss disclosed that he has met Adebayor in London, and that the player was pleased to return to national duty.
“I told him that I need him at high level football. He’s in very good shape and sure he will be better. He was very happy upon my arrival and I explained to him a lot of things concerning discipline and team conduct,” he said.
Le Roy replaced Tom Saintfiet, whose two-year contract with the Sparrow Hawks expired in May 2015.
Having coached a record eight AFCON finals, he has in the past guided Cameroon to the 1988 Nations Cup title. He also had coaching stints with Ghana, Senegal and Congo.
Togo currently sit third in Group A of the AFCON 2017 Qualifiers with 7 points, two points behind leaders Liberia whom they play in June.