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Claude LeRoy replaces Tom Saintfiet as Togo’s national team coach

Togo have appointed Frenchman Claude LeRoy as their new national team coach.He replaces Tom Saintfiet, whose two-year contract with the Sparrow Hawks expired in May 2015.

Frenchman LeRoy, 68, has worked on the continent for almost 30 years and has coached at a record eight Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

He has signed a three-year contract and is tasked with trying to qualify Togo for the 2017 Nations Cup in Gabon.

Togo are third in their qualifying group, two points behind leaders Liberia; they take on the latter on June 3.

LeRoy admitted: “We need a miracle to qualify for the 2017 Nations Cup, perhaps as the best second-placed team.”

He guided Cameroon to the 1988 Nations Cup title and has only failed to reach the quarter-finals once.

Among the other countries he has coached at the continental championship are Senegal, Ghana, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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