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By ESPN Staff

Frustrated Togo boss resigns over unpaid wages

Henri Stambouli has quit his post as head coach of Togo just days before the country is due to play an important 2010 FIFA World Cup and African Nations Cup qualifier against Zambia.

The Frenchman, who only took charge of the Sparrow Hawks earlier this year signing a contract until 2010, cited the non-payment of his contract amongst other things as the reason for his decision.

According to Togolese newspaper Letogolaise, Stambouli is owed over £10,000 and the 47-year-old has become increasingly frustrated with the Federation Togolaise de Football (FTF).

'I have ended my contract for non-payment of my salaries for more than two months,' he said. 'Initially, you claim your salaries, and that I have done.

'At the end of the day you realise that your salaries are not being paid, you end your contract, and today my contract is finished.'

Stambouli is also adamant that he will stand by his decision despite suggestions that the money could be recuperated to him immediately.

He added: 'Even if my salary is paid, it is finished. I will not reverse my decision 50 times.

'I have realised, unfortunately, that I will not be able to work like that with Togo.

'The federation operates in such a manner that one cannot succeed in doing big things of the moment.'

The news is set hand a severe blow to the west African nation's chances of qualifying for a second consecutive World Cup.

Togo are currently bottom of Group 11 on three points, one behind joint-leaders Zambia and Swaziland with a game in hand.

However, they face a tough run-in with games against the Chipolopolo at Konkola Stadium in Chililabombwe on September 5 and a home tie against the Swazis just over a month later.


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