Players from the 2006 Togolese national team will face off against theÂ 2016 side in a memorial match in honour of former coach Stephen KeshiÂ who died on June 8 aged 54, Goal has confirmed.Keshi led the tiny nation to qualify for its first ever World Cup inÂ Germany with little-known striker Emmanuel Adebayor leading theÂ charge.
The former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker will lead his team matesÂ from that era to face the present HawksÂ on SundayÂ at the StadeÂ Municipal in Lome.
The game is organized by the countryâ€™s sports writers union,Â Association des Journalistes Sportifs du Togo (AJST).
Aime Ekpe, president of the union, said that the game is beingÂ organized in conjunction with the countryâ€™s sport ministry in honourÂ of the Nigerian tactician.
â€œThe game is between players of the team that Stephen Keshi qualifiedÂ for the 2006 World Cup like Emmanuel Adebayor and the presentÂ generation of the national team,â€ Ekpe told Goal .
Gates will be thrown open for fans to come in and pay their respectsÂ to the former defender whose first of two tenures in charge of theÂ Sparrow Hawks took their country into the big leagues.
Ekpe also informed Goal that the Togolese Football Federation (FTF) isÂ in talks with the Nigeria Football Federation to hold a commemorativeÂ international match in honour of Keshi.
â€œNegotiations are taking place and the match would be played either inÂ Lome or in Lagos,â€ said Ekpe.