The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has fined the Togo Football Association US$2,000 for crowd misconduct here Tuesday during the Togo-Tunisia match at the ongoing under-17 Africa Nations Cup (CAN) competition, FA officials said here Saturday.
CAF said the match officials in their report indicated that missiles and plastic water bottles were hauled at them during and after the game, by Togolese fans, who accused the centre referee, Gambia's Abdou Saar, and his assistant, Nigeria's Peter Edibe, of favouring the Tunisians, who won the match 3-0.
On Wednesday, the Togolese government apologised to Tunisia, CAF and the world soccer governing body, FIFA, for the misconduct of the fans, the FA officials said.
Togo and Arsenal star Emmanuel Adebayor was at the Stade de Kegue to watch the U-17s defeat Gabon to make it past the first round of the CAN U-17 tournament. As Togo will be one of the 4 semi-finalists that means that they will be taking part of the U-17 World Cup in South Korea.
Host country, Togo qualified to join Ghana and Nigeria for the Semi-final games of the ongoing CAF U-17 championship as both teams fought hard to overcome stiff oppositions posed by Gabon. Togo had to wait till the last minute of the game to score the winner through Segbefia Kuessi for a 2-1 victory over Gabon that had shot into the lead in the 17th minute through Tamba Hermann before Atakora Lalawele equalized for the host nation from the spot in the 36th minute.
1. Togo 6 pts
2. Tunisia 5
3. South Africa 4
4. Gabon 1
Togo have also qualified for the U-17 World Cup in South Korea.