Roy Hodgson: Bakary Sako can play as a striker – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Roy Hodgson: Bakary Sako can play as a striker

Crystal Palace attacker Bakary Sako

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Nov 26, 2017. 09:00

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that he plans on playing Malian winger Bakary Sako as a striker.

With the Eagles fighting against the prospect of relegation from the Premier League, former England manager Hodgson is looking for creative solutions to improve the team’s attack.

The return from injury of Belgian striker Christian Benteke is certainly a major boost, as is the continued excellence of Ivory Coast attacker Wilfried Zaha.

And rather than spend millions of pounds in the January transfer window to boost their striker options, Palace manager Hodgson reckons Sako is showing signs in training of being able to switch to a centre-forward.

“Sako has made enormous strides as a forward,” said the veteran manager.

“He sees himself as a left-winger, but we have actually been doing a lot of work with him as a centre-forward and he is a player who has definitely shown in the training sessions he is really picking up on what we are looking for.”


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Le Roy announces Togo squad for Iran friendly – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 22, 2017. 19:00

The Togolese squad that will face Iran next month has been announced by coach Claude Le Roy.

The Sparrow Hawks are scheduled to face off with Iran in an friendly match during the FIFA international break which will take place between 2-10 October, 2017.

Emmanuel Adebayor, Mathieu Dossevi and Laba Fodoh are some of the established players, who were named in the 23-man squad.

South African-based duo Sadat Ouro-Akoriko and Dove Wome have also been called up by the French tactician.

Togo will use the friendly match as preparation for their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Benin.

The qualifier is scheduled to take place in Togo in March, 2018 and both teams are in Group D which also includes Algeria and Gambia.


1) Abotchi Dové (AS Togo Port – Togo)

2) Alhassani Dida Fatoa (Liberty – Ghana)

3) Bassa Djeri Sabirou (Gbikinti – Togo)


4) Djene Dakonam (Getafe – Spain)

5) Issifou Bourahama (AS Togo – Togo)

6) Kouloun Maklibè (Dyto – Togo)

7) Lawson Steve (Neuchatel Xamax – Switzerland)

8) Ouro-Sama Hakim (Togo Port – Togo)

9) Ouro-Akoriko Sadat (AmaZulu FC – South Africa)

10) Wilson Akakpo (Al Masry – Egypt)


11) Agbegniadan Komlan (Wafa – Ghana)

12) Atakora Lalawélé (Adana Demirsport – Turkey)

13) Atchou Franco (Enyimba – Nigeria)

14) Ayite Floyd (Fulham – England)

15) Bebou Ihlas (Hannover 96 – Germany)

16) Dossevi Mathieu (FC Metz – France)

17) Nya-Vedji Elom (Foot-Togo Planet – Togo )

18) Seko Atsou Serge (Progresso – Angola)

19) Dove Wome (SuperSport United – South Africa)

20) Yenoussi Guillaume (Dyto – Togo)


21) Adebayor Emmanuel Shéyi (İstanbul Başakşehir – Turkey)

22) Laba Kodjo Fo-Doh (RS Berkane – Morocco)

23) Mlapa Peniel (Dresden – Germany)


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