CHILILABOMBWE, Zambia, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Zambia beat Togo
1-0 with a Felix Katongo goal on Wednesday to close in on a
place in the final phase of Africa's 2010 World Cup qualifiers
and leave their opponents in danger of elimination.
Katongo, who has not played a senior match since moving to
French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes at the start of this year,
netted in the 32nd minute to ensure Zambia completed their Group
11 programme with seven points from four matches.
They can only be caught at the top if Swaziland beat Togo
away in the last match of the group next month. The top team in
each of the 12 groups and the eight best runners-up go through
to the third stage.
Togo, whose striker Emmanuel Adebayor did not travel for the
match after a reported row with federation officials, could yet
qualify for the last phase as one of the best runners-up but
need to beat the Swazis and hope other results go their way.
Adebayor stayed behind in Lome after a row over travelling
arrangements, the BBC reported. Togo coach Henri Stambouli quit
a week before the match, expressing frustration with federation
officials. Togo reached the 2006 World Cup in Germany.