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Beleaguered Togo Coach Claude Le Roy Says He Isn’t Going Nowhere

Togo national team head coach Claude Le Roy says he will remain coach of the Sparrow Hawks until ‘the end of his contract’ despite rumours that that he might be fired before the end of April.

Angry fans in Lome recently held protests chanting exit songs for the experience Frenchman for failing to qualify Hawks for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Togo’s last hope was to win away in Benin in the last round of qualifiers but the lost 2-1 served as a catalyst for victory hungry Hawks fans who believe it’s time for Le Roy to pack and go.

When quizzed about his future with the Hawks and a possible move back to France at a press conference, Le Roy laughed before stating that he will still be in charge until his employer says otherwise.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“I am still the coach of Togo national team. As you can see today I am still in office until the federation says otherwise,”[/perfectpullquote]

Le Roy told reporters as translated from French.

The 71-year-old gaffer disclosed he has few months remaining to the end of the contract and he is not the kind of guy who runs away from responsibility.

“My contact is still intact though it has some few months to its end but what am personally concerned with now is my mission of building Togolese football,” he added.

Le Roy contract is reported to have expired on April 6th but divisions in Togolese football association had resulted to delay on making pronouncements on his fate.

The Frenchman took charge of Togo national team in April 2016 where he signed a three-year-contract and made his ninth appearance to the Africa Cup of Nations the following year.

Le Roy has coached various nations at the continental championship namely Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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